Once a week I do an impromptu 10 minute get together with our editors to talk about big picture things and get feedback about things on their mind. In this afternoon’s meeting I was mentioning about how you can tell when the content component of an article is bad by the first sentence if not by the first sentence of each paragraph because… the first sentence is suppose to be the point of the paragraph and each sentence that follows is suppose to support the first sentence.
One of our editors made the observation that many EzineArticles authors don’t have properly developed paragraphs…and thus today’s discussion on how to write a perfect paragraph:
1) Each paragraph in your article should only contain ONE thought, topic or central idea.
2) Your first sentence should be the most clear and easily understood by your reader.
3) Each sentence (typically 3-7 sentences per paragraph) reinforces the first sentence of the paragraph.
4) It’s not necessary in short article lengths (less than 1,000 words) to have the typical “Intro, Body, Conclusion” paragraph scheme, but it’s good to have a conclusion or summary at the end of each article to help the reader know what you just taught/shared them. Your conclusion paragraph should not exceed ~4-6 sentences.
5) Your paragraph development should have flow, continuity and some coherence…building in a progression rather than being scattered in thought.
6) When writing for a site like EzineArticles, keep your articles tight,…always looking for ways to say more with fewer words.