One of my email superpowers is short paragraphs. It’s also how I write here on the site. And if you read CNN or the BBC or any other news site, their stories are also a series of 1-3 sentence paragraphs.
I feel like big paragraphs are akin to giving someone work.
Here’s a giant paragraph. Good luck with it. I hope it’s worth your time.
I wonder how much the new approach will catch on, and in what types of publications. The New York Times, for example, in most of their story types, still has larger, more traditional paragraphs. As does the Economist, and the New Yorker, etc.
What I’m wondering, though, is two things:
- Is the longer paragraph really an indicator of quality? Or is it a false indicator? Are they holdovers from old journalists who are clinging to tradition as a proxy for pedigree?
- Either way, will we see those types of writing move to the more conversational and flowing style of short paragraphs?
I find it fascinating, and am curious what others think.