Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Shipwreck Prose

Why have paragraphs?

Why not have a never-ending chain of sentences?

Because we get lost in a sea of words.

Paragraphs help steer us through the narrative: take a break here, catch your breath there.

Passages signal there’s an elaboration or new point up ahead and allow us to stay on course.

But sections also build rhythm.

Short, snappy sentences speed up the pace and create a feeling of excitement.

Long, laborious phrases carry too much weight and pull us down.

There are no rules on how to cut up your prose—whether you like it choppy or smooth is up to you.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach