Paragraph Size:  Typical academic prose paragraphs are between five sentences and 200 to 250 words long, i.e., 1 typed page [check the left margins!].*

  • Cure: explain causes or effects of things merely reported; offer examples that help define or clarify evidence ["for instance," "that is,"]; 
  • Cure: develop transition at head or foot of paragraph explaining what its topic contributes to your thesis and pointing toward the need for the next paragraph--make sure every paragraph is "about your thesis"
  • develop that idea and make it a new, fully-formed paragraph--see above
  • insert a paragraph break and write logical transition between the tasks--see above

Leonard J. Rosen, Decisions: A Writer's Handbook, 1st Edition (Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1998) 45-7.