How many lines should I keep my paragraphs within?

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (6 posts)
  1. mariexotoni profile image92
    mariexotoniposted 6 years ago

    How many lines should I keep my paragraphs within?

    Even when I think I've made my paragraphs short, I get a reader or two who suggest me breaking my paragraphs even further.

    So how many lines about is comfortable for the reader?

  2. MickS profile image69
    MickSposted 6 years ago

    In print articles it is generally accepted that the first par should be about 50 words, 3 lines.  Afterwards as long as needed to say what you want to say.  Pars should also, where possible, be of diferent length to break up the page and not give the impression of a solid wodge of text; however, that is secondary to the par being the right length for what you wish to say.  I would imagine that there would be verty little, if any, difference to writing on line articles.

  3. Faceless39 profile image95
    Faceless39posted 6 years ago

    I think counting words is silly, but that's just me.  I focus more on forming a complete thought in each paragraph, while keeping in mind that small chunks of information are easier to read.

    That said, my first paragraph is always just a little bit longer than the ad space takes up.  If you write the first paragraph and hit the preview button, if the text is a little past the ad space, that's where I leave it.  That way I get an ad right at the top, and a nice introductory paragraph.

    Hope that helps.

  4. wingedcentaur profile image83
    wingedcentaurposted 6 years ago

    I was taught that a true paragraph is 4-7 sentences. I think that is best for readability, in terms of the comfort level of the eyes of the reader, if you get my meaning. Short paragraphs make the piece seem shorter than it is and easier to get through, especially online. Excessively long paragraphs can be psychologically daunting for the reader.

    But remember, each paragraph is one theme, one component of the overall thesis. It may be better to break up paragraphs sometimes, then again it may not. It depends, I think.

    1. mariexotoni profile image92
      mariexotoniposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      okay thanks- that sounds about good smile

  5. hi friend profile image60
    hi friendposted 6 years ago

    Usually 3-4 lines will do, however it depends on the ideas you pop up in your mind.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)