Do you have trouble knowing when to start a new paragraph? As Fay Hicks mentions in this blog post, starting a new paragraph for every new sentence is something people commonly do. The trouble is that it turns your writing into a list of bullet points. Bullet points are missing the transitional elements and connections between what came before and what comes next that help the reader know why you are talking bout this now, how it relates to what you have already said and what is coming next. Bullet points are also missing the argument. Often students form their bullets from the evidence: “So and so found this and that….”. What is then missing is what this means, why this is important, what you conclude. Bullet points can be a great way to plan your writing, and to summarise and assemble evidence ready for you to start writing, but you then need to go further and turn them into paragraphs.
In this post Fay Hicks provides a simplified explanation of how to decide when a paragraph should start and finish. Check it our here.