There are two basic rules for paragraph breaks:
- New speaker = new paragraph
- New subject = new paragraph
1. The first one, new speaker = new paragraph is for writing dialog. Here’s an example of a dialog between two characters. Notice how there’s a new paragraph each time a different person begins to speak:
2. Now here’s an example of the other rule, new subject = new paragraph:
When you are editing someone’s paper, and you think they need a new paragraph, you should use the paragraph symbol to show them this. See “Proofreading Symbols” for an example of the paragraph symbol.