Will Self's new novel unspools over 600 pages without a single paragraph break
, remorseless in its commitment to its own difficulty.
This optimization takes place when a bottom-most page element is too low on page by a) decreasing font size of last paragraph break
of the footer and b) decreasing footer distance.
As her monologue proceeds for pages without a paragraph break
, one is reminded of the final chapter of Ulysses, in which Molly Bloom's river of consciousness makes her seem more formidable with each breathless word.
Umbrella is not, be warned, altogether easy going: 400 pages of unbroken stream-of-consciousness dotted across three time frames, leaping jaggedly between four points of view, and with barely a paragraph break
, let alone a chapter heading.
These short headlines which come before each new paragraph break
up the text of your brochure and make it much more appealing to the reader.
For example, the widely used new paragraph [less than]p[greater than] tag, which creates a paragraph break
, is often used without its closing partner [less than]/p[greater than].
One reason why so many newspaper writers produce choppy, one-sentence paragraphs is the widespread notion that some rule requires an automatic paragraph break
before each quotation.
The prose is relentlessly sober, and the author clearly regards the paragraph break
as a dubious ornament, to be used with the greatest restraint.
In Foxe, the paragraph break
comes between "they said" and "Then with much ado," setting up for the reader the contrast, rather than consistence, between what Askew is almost made to do and what she does (1570, p.
The new book actually consists of a ninety-seven-page letter that Le writes - without a paragraph break
- to Sirius, her boyfriend.
10-11): (1) combining short, choppy clauses and sentences into longer English sentences; (2) breaking up long rambling sentences into two or more shorter English sentences; (3) making explicit logical and syntactical lines that are only implicit in the original; (4) discriminating the various uses of the ubiquitous conjunction; (5) reducing the epistolary formula "and now" to a paragraph break
or a new sentence; (6) discriminating the various uses of the recurrent demonstrative (e.
What I do know is that short shorts by Kawabata and Buzzati and Calvino and Jayne Anne Phillips and Beattie seem packed very tightly, each comma as edgily placed as each word, each paragraph break
as momentous a move as war.