I picked up a book awhile ago and was enjoying the read until I turned the page, and there staring me in the face was this monster sized paragraph. It was too long with too much detail to digest at once. I was reading for pleasure, but just looking at it and knowing that I had to read it to continue the story left me feeling like a kid sitting down to homework.
But I held my breath and dove in. And deeper and deeper I went. Once I was in it, I couldn’t get out. I was trapped in this maze of information. It was a distraction and it broke the flow of the story.
Less is more. Shorter paragraphs are visually more appealing, they are easier to assimilate, and they have a better chance of getting your point across without overwhelming the reader.
Think of it as eating pie. You don’t want to shove the whole thing in your mouth at once and have to work to get it down; you want to eat it one bite at a time, savoring each mouthful and looking forward to the next.