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Keep Paragraphs Short

In a Basic Composition writing course, you learn how to build paragraphs of substance. Sometimes the teacher might say that one of your paragraphs is too wimpy—that it doesn’t have enough meat. The teacher might also say that the paragraph needs at least 75 words in order to say something. You are told that your paragraphs are building blocks, and you are taught to add layers and substance to each of your building blocks with details, anecdotes, examples, scenarios, dialogue, or elaborate description. If you are writing for the Web, this is one of those lessons that you can and need to unlearn.

On the Web you can write paragraphs that have only one or two sentences. Just make sure that there’s a specific topic in each paragraph.


  

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