Oh my Fuckin
Do you realize how annoying it is when you don’t switch paragraphs when a new character is speaking
Do you realize how confusing it is
I don’t care if they’re using one-word responses at each other, start a new damn paragraph.
ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHARACTER.
First rule I learned as a writer, change the paragraph when a new character speaks. Otherwise things get confusing as hell.
I don’t care if your paragraphs end up super short; mine often do. Deal with it and move on. It’s better to have a lot of paragraphs and be clear than to have pretty, fat paragraphs that are hard to work through.
This is how I learned how to paragraph prose: TiPToP
Time — a shift in time; later in the day, the next day, the next week, etc.
Person — whenever a new person speaks or a paragraph starts with a new person. “Tom did and thing and moved over to the table to pick something up. [NEW PARAGRAPH]. Harry did something different.”
Topic — whenever the topic changes. If you go from talking about a character’s love for biomedical engineering to talking about their hatred for gravy, don’t restrict it to one paragraph. Two topics = two paragraphs.
Place — a shift in setting. It can be as dramatic as character a in Venice to character b in Tasmania, or as small as character a in the kitchen and character b in the dining room.