One-line paragraphs

Rather like the use of ultra-short sentences, writers can use a ‘one-line paragraph’ to stand out as a contrast to their longer paragraphs.

A spooky house sitting an empty landscape at night with 'That night, everything changed’ written underneath as an example of a one line paragraph

Contrasts of all kinds are often worth discussing as they create impact.The impact could be for any of the following reasons:

  • to slow the reader down
  • to create a shock
  • to make something stand out
  • to change the flow of the writing
  • to repeat something
  • to remind the reader of something

As you can see from the list above, one-line paragraphs have very specific uses. They should really be only used when trying to achieve one of these effects.

Overusing one-line paragraphs reduces the impact they have so try to use them sparingly.

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