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Paragraphs offer readers the mental space that they need to feel fully involved in your writing, so you ignore them at your peril. Having stated that so firmly, I want to consider with you why paragraphs go wrong, because they do, in all sorts of ways. The first way in which your use of paragraphs might begin to break down is when you ask yourself whether, in order to maintain your fluent style of writing, you really want to use them at all. You are breaking up your text in other ways, with section and/or chapter breaks, perhaps with illustrations or headings, maybe also with graphs, charts and tables. With so much already fracturing the text, should you add more?

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