I think that this is a thing that needs to be covered on here, since there are users who still make this mistake in writing. Whether it is the reason "it's the internet", or any other reason. This is a blog on how to start new paragraphs, and examples of how.
First of all, I will give you this acronym:
What this means is this:
- New Time
- New Place
- When a new person speaks (new speaker)
- Dramatic effect.
When the time of the setting is changed, that is best to start a new paragraph. If you find yourself using any sentence that has to deal with time like "During that day", "Later on that night", "We waited for him to come across the road", "In those days our newspaper come out twice a week the Grover's Corners Sentineland this is Editor Webb's house.", that is when you start a new paragraph.
Ex: Jon used to be a good man. He used to be a very sweet man until they had gotten a hold of them.
Back in the day when Jon used to open doors for the crippled, Jon's identity got switched and he owed a massive debt to the Russian Mafia. He pleaded to them that he wasn't the guy, but they didn't listen to him.
Just a little heads up, all the paragraphs in stories can have the same setting. But it doesn't have to be a huge wall of text because the setting doesn't change at all on this. But imagine this part as if you're seeing a play or a movie. If a character goes to a different place, a different scene happens. Make a new paragraph at the least if it happens, or when you find yourself using sentences like "Meanwhile, back at..."
Ex: When I was young, my dad saw this woman. She was the most beautiful woman to him in all of the world. Why, more prettier than my mom at the time. He was infatuated. He was blinded by her beauty. When they saw each other, my mom was jealous that my dad was gawking at this female prettier than her.
During the ride back home, my mom scolded my dad and my dad asked for a divorce after the argument. With a tear in her eye, my mother agreed with this.
It was boring sitting at the courthouse. There was nothing much to do but sit around with death.
Some authors include dialogue, like the narrator talking to one of his friends. If you think that a paragraph is short because the new character says one little word, it's alright! If you put a phrase like "he said" before the quote, or some action before a quote, you should make it that paragraph then the quote.
If you want to be a good writer, break long stretches of dialogue up with snatches of action. It changes things up to make the conversation flow smoothly in the readers standpoint. It can also help out with imagery, too.
Ex: Looking back at my childhood, I remember young Johnny Knoxville. Johnny was a little jackass from what I remember, but he was a nice, gentle hearted person. I remember the time when we talked before he left the town to move in with his dad.
"Johnny!" I screamed
Johnny looked behind him with a curious look, "What?"
"I love you!" I said with eyes filled with passion.
"I'm sorry... but there's another person in my life." Johnny said, with a disappointed look in his eyes like he didn't want to make me said. But it did make me sad.
Sometimes a writer can write a paragraph that stands out, or it is used to slow down the reader.
Here are some paragraphs that can be used with all of it. Bolded text means that it's the dramatic effect.
Ex: When I was born, I was young. It's a stupid thing to say, yes. But it is the truth. During the time when I was born, I was actually young. I had fun all around, I was a happy child until my mother screeched at me like some wild bird.
"JOHNNY! YOU MADE IT!" my mother screamed at me.
I nodded in fear.
"GO GET MEH SOME PEANUT BUTTAH!" she hissed like a rattle snake at me.
Without responding, I went inside the house to get her some peanut butter. As I got back, she said this.
"On second thought... I dun want teh peanut buttah. PUT IT BACK!"
That's pretty much it for this blog, I guess. I do hope that it helps out with other users with knowing how to create paragraphs!