Good paragraphing also greatly assists your readers in following a piece of writing.
You can have fantastic ideas, but if those ideas aren't presented in an organized fashion, you will lose your readers (and fail to achieve your goals in writing).
You can also have several points in a single paragraph as long as they relate to the overall topic of the paragraph.
If the single points start to get long, then perhaps elaborating on each of them and placing them in their own paragraphs is the route to go.
Regardless of whether you include an explicit topic sentence or not, you should be able to easily summarize what the paragraph is about.
The topic (which is introduced by the topic sentence) should be discussed fully and adequately.Transitions are usually one or several sentences that "transition" from one idea to the next.Transitions can be used at the end of most paragraphs to help the paragraphs flow one into the next.Although not all paragraphs have clear-cut topic sentences, and despite the fact that topic sentences can occur anywhere in the paragraph (as the first sentence, the last sentence, or somewhere in the middle), an easy way to make sure your reader understands the topic of the paragraph is to put your topic sentence near the beginning of the paragraph.(This is a good general rule for less experienced writers, although it is not the only way to do it).There are some simple ways to tell if you are on the same topic or a new one.You can have one idea and several bits of supporting evidence within a single paragraph.Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use.The basic rule of thumb with paragraphing is to keep one idea to one paragraph.If you begin to transition into a new idea, it belongs in a new paragraph.