I could not stop noticing that some books have longer paragraphs than others. Patrick Rothfuss often use short ones in his books. Other writers such as Cornwell uses longer paragraphs before adding paragraph.

What is the technique behind this? Why a paragraph should be shorter or longer than others?

  • Do you mean "paragraphs"? Because strophe is a poetry term, whereas paragraph is used in prose - the part of text before the new line.
    – FraEnrico
    Nov 22, 2017 at 16:19
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    My fault. In my language we dont have such distinction.
    – Hanilucas
    Nov 23, 2017 at 8:50
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    Happy to have it cleared :) I see FFN edited your question, so I believe it makes more sense now.
    – FraEnrico
    Nov 23, 2017 at 9:59

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It's a stylistic choice. Some authors just naturally write longer, more complex paragraphs than others; how paragraphs are structured and divided is part of an author's "voice".

If you write sentences like Hemingway, chances are shorter paragraphs will also fit your voice. If you write long, complex sentences (like Mervyn Peake, for instance), longer paragraphs will also fit better. Sometimes, however, a single long sentence can form a complete paragraph (one paragraph = one complete thought); other times, a rather long set of short sentences can do the job for one reason or another.

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