Would it Kill You to Add a Paragraph Break?

Mark Gordon Brown By Mark Gordon Brown, 12th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1dhq81zu/
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Tips

As a moderator I hate being slammed in the face by a wall of text. I know readers do not like it either. If a reader sees a giant wall of text they will click off the page faster than it takes to be counted as a legitimate paying view, so you lose.

Why Are Paragraph Breaks Important

Look at this section and the one below it, which one are you more likely to read? If you were to open an article and have it look just like this section would you be invited to read it, or turned off, would it feel like too much to read, or just right. Does it look like you might get a headache looking at it or does it look good. Please note too that this is a short example of what I am seeing a lot, sometimes 400 words or more just as one paragraph. Paragraph breaks make anything more readable. They divide things in to similar thoughts and ideas, and make the writer look more professional rather that looking like somebody who typed out their thoughts in their sleep. A lot of words without a paragraph break looks like a wall or like that "halt" hand you see at cross walks, it is instantly a turn off. There are no natural rests for the eyes, no breaks, nothing. It is particularly bad when there are not even photos to add distractions. If you picked up a newspaper and all it was was words you would not read it, in fact you would not pay for it and would probably put it down. Newspapers know the value of blank spaces as eye rests. The thing to note here is that newspapers are purchased by people who really do want something to read so if somebody who actually wants something to read would not pick up something without eye rests, why do you think that somebody who stumbled upon your article online would want to read it if it was written as a wall of text?

Do You See the Difference?

Look at this section and the one above it, which one are you more likely to read? If you were to open an article and have it look just like this section would you be invited to read it, or turned off, would it feel like too much to read, or just right. Does it look like you might get a headache looking at it or does it look good. Please note too that this is a short example of what I am seeing a lot, sometimes 400 words or more just as one paragraph.

Paragraph breaks make anything more readable. They divide things in to similar thoughts and ideas, and make the writer look more professional rather that looking like somebody who typed out their thoughts in their sleep. A lot of words without a paragraph break looks like a wall or like that "halt" hand you see at cross walks, it is instantly a turn off. There are no natural rests for the eyes, no breaks, nothing. It is particularly bad when there are not even photos to add distractions.

If you picked up a newspaper and all it was was words you would not read it, in fact you would not pay for it and would probably put it down. Newspapers know the value of blank spaces as eye rests. The thing to note here is that newspapers are purchased by people who really do want something to read so if somebody who actually wants something to read would not pick up something without eye rests, why do you think that somebody who stumbled upon your article online would want to read it if it was written as a wall of text?

Note

Note that not only did I include paragraph breaks but I added another space between the paragraphs to further separate them more.

Note too that in each of the above sections only one word was changed, did you read both sections, or just one? I did not add photos or anything to these sections so you could really see the difference of having paragraph breaks or not.

I thought of this after writing my random thoughts for Wikinut writers article yesterday and decided that the point of adding paragraph breaks to an article was big enough to use as an entire article itself. Please take the time to look at your older Wikinut articles and if you have made the error of not using paragraph breaks correctly, take the time to edit your articles and fix this.

Become a Wikinut Writer - Get Paid to Write

Tags

Articles, Blogging, Earn More Money, How To Be A Better Writer, How To Improve, Writing Tips

Meet the author

author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

Share this page

moderator Steve Kinsman moderated this page.
If you have any complaints about this content, please let us know

Comments

author avatar Joyce Singha
13th Sep 2014 (#)

Lol Mark :)
I liked the title and refresher course on giving our eyes and brains a break. Thanks.

Reply to this comment

author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Sep 2014 (#)

i totally agree Mark...if a page reams on and on I give up after 3 or 4 short paragraphs...

Reply to this comment

author avatar snerfu
13th Sep 2014 (#)

Got it -- plenty of resting place and your article will look a million dollars. Great going sir, you will find more resting places in my articles too.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Retired
13th Sep 2014 (#)

Excellent tips for online writing. :)

Reply to this comment

author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
13th Sep 2014 (#)

Awesome post and one of a kind too, cheers!

Reply to this comment

author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Sep 2014 (#)

Making it easy for the reader is a simple courtesy too. One should seamlessly move from one paragraph to another with the flow maintained till the end - siva

Reply to this comment

author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
13th Sep 2014 (#)

Mark, thanks for the excellent tips that you share with us. I take each tip seriously and try to improve upon my work.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Ptrikha
15th Sep 2014 (#)

Yes, paragraph breaks more reading more easy and makes for good viewing.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Peter B. Giblett
16th Sep 2014 (#)

Yes Mark I agree and some people forget that they have to press "Enter" twice between paragraphs as I have seen too many paragraphs that butt right up against each other (without spacing)

Reply to this comment

author avatar Jenny Heart
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Very helpful information that will benefit all writers

Reply to this comment

author avatar Denise O
23rd Oct 2014 (#)

Love it and noted my friend. Love it! roflmao As always, thank you for sharing. :)

Reply to this comment

author avatar peachpurple
18th Aug 2015 (#)

i agree , that is why I add in a lot of paragraph breaks in my articles. I hate to read crammed up text

Reply to this comment

Add a comment
Username
Can't login?
Password