I’m trying to review more, which is nice because it means reading more! Still, I’m stumbling on something that keeps coming up. I know it must be a style thing, but I don’t actually see how paragraphs and paragraph lengths are style rather than organization.
My organization stinks. It’s a major thing I need to work on if I work on any more non-fiction books. I actively lament that I didn’t have another month or two to rearrange Blessed more. (On the other hand, I daresay I’ll never have newborn twins in a NICU during a writing project!)
Still, I typically stick with short/shorter paragraphs. You know, have a topic sentence and one major idea per paragraph. It’s how I was taught (or presumed, who knows).
Academic writing seems to have crazy long paragraphs to me. I scan the page and get annoyed. Which I shouldn’t, because I am surely no expert on academic writing or academics in general.
What am I missing? I’m confident there is no rule that one paragraph in academic writing requires an entire body of argument, proof, etc.
Is it a matter of prioritization? How “big” of a topic sentence you’ll have? Is it some element of formality that was glossed over in my education? Or is it “conversational” in the sense that it mimics lectures?
I used to daydream about editing. I’m not sure I could do it anymore, and that is mostly because my pet peeves are not necessarily rule-based—such as this one.
Can anyone explain this to me?
I’ll also throw in a random tip: to get over annoyance at super long sentences, I honestly tell myself its probably influenced by German or an ancient language. That seems to substantiate the practice for me.