Before we dive into how to develop an interesting Paragraph, let us first of all see what a paragraph is.
A paragraph is a written piece that comprises of groups of related sentences which communicates one main idea or subject matter.
Paragraphs are used to develop the central idea of a book or written piece in batches. Every paragraph just like a character in a story, has its specific function or part to play in explaining a unique topic from the main idea.
Therefore, without a paragraph, a written piece would only be a jungle of confusion. Topics and different ideas would be mixed up with no clear distinction between a main idea, topic sentence and the backup sentences.
Each paragraph should discuss and conclude on a segment of the central idea. And also have a correlation with other paragraphs in the writing. However, paragraphs vary per genre. Some types of writing have to abide by certain paragraphing rules, while in some like in fictional writing, an author has a licence to maximise paragraphs at will.
Put these below qualities into practice to develop an interesting paragraph in your next writing.
Qualities of an Interesting Paragraph
Every paragraph needs these qualities to be good and interesting;
1. Essential Elements
Every interesting paragraph should maintain these essential elements: coherence, unity, a topic sentence/subject matter and proper development.
Should be Coherent:
The sentence ideas should be properly arranged and in a logical pattern that shows how they are related to each other and to the main topic idea.
Should be Unified:
The sentences should centre on communicating a single idea, thought, argument or concept. This helps to simplify things for a reader making a written piece easy to comprehend the message the writer has the intent to communicate.
Should have a Subject Matter:
Each paragraph should have a subject matter of discussion. Its introduction starts with this subject matter, and the rest of the sentences throw more light on it. And it should be linked to the main topic idea.
Should be Properly Developed:
Each paragraph should be properly developed to give a detailed and thorough explanation to the subject matter. With use of illustrations and examples to ensure that the reader’s quest is satisfied, not leaving a reader with unanswered questions and in confusion as to what the subject matter really means. It should contain enough sentences to elaborate on the topic.
2. Structural Organisation
Each paragraph should have a good structural organisation of words and sentences to enable the reader to understand what the paragraph is about and the subject matter being discussed. It should have an introduction which should clearly state the subject matter, a body which details the subject matter in introduction and a closing/conclusion which should transition to the next paragraph.
Each paragraph should discuss just one or harbour just one main idea. Don’t complicate things for your readers by jumbling up different unrelated ideas in a paragraph. Ensure to address each new idea under a new paragraph.
4. Number of Sentences
A paragraph by rule of thumb, should contain about 3 to 5 sentences to properly explain the topic sentence. It shouldn’t be overcrowded with a collection of ideas. Ensure it treats one main topic sentence in details explaining where necessary with examples and references. This helps for readability as well. A clustered writing would only inspire a fewer number of reads.
A paragraph should show a good transition between the sentences in the body of the paragraph. And from one paragraph to the next within the same piece of writing.
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