What does a paragraph usually consist of?
A paragraph usually deals with a single idea. In general, you’ll have an introductory sentence expressing that idea, and several supporting sentences to round it off. Paragraphs are usually about 100 – 200 words long, but there are more exceptions to this rule-of-thumb than you’d expect.
Commercial writing breaks all the rules. Whether or not you find it irritating, your task is to hold your readers’ attention and get them to read what you’ve written. The average person doesn’t like to see solid blocks of text. It looks like it’s going to be difficult to get through, and nobody likes to work harder than they have to.
“White Space” is a great way to make your information look easier to master, and one of the best ways to create “white space” is through using paragraphs. For commercial writing, it’s best to keep sentences short and punchy, and the same goes for paragraphs.
People don’t usually like to see paragraphs that are more than three or four lines long. How many words is that? Again, although it’s not helpful, the answer is “It depends…” Font styles and font size will affect paragraph length – at least from a psychological perspective.
For example, this is a blog post, and I want to keep the reader engaged. The longest paragraph under this heading is only 61 words long. This is the shortest one so far, and it only uses 37 words.
I want to get your attention!
The above paragraph is only six words long, and you can count the words in this one if you like.
To make things easy for your reader, you’ll switch paragraphs every time you switch speakers, for example:
“I don’t know how long a paragraph should be,” said Mary, “but I hope to find out by reading this article.”
“That sounds like a good idea,” John replied, “but don’t let that limit your creativity!”
“Really? Can I bend the rules?”
“The rules are really more like guidelines.”
As you can see, I was able to stop identifying the speakers as soon as the conversation began to flow because John and Mary each had paragraphs to themselves. Neither of them said anything that was even close to 100 words, but it’s still easy to see who said what. Mary’s final paragraph was one word long.
In academic writing, paragraphs will usually consist of the “standard” 100 – 200 words (Burns, 2002). You will begin the paragraph with an idea and then explain it in the light of currently accepted knowledge (Phillips, 2014) with references. Bear in mind that your tutor will want to see some original thought, but will expect it to be motivated according to your reading (Williams et al, 1994). Smith (2004) supports this concept and confirms that academic writing requires longer paragraphs than those generally found in commercial writing or even story-telling. 200 words is really a bit long for any paragraph and since this one is just over 100 words, you’ll soon see why this should be the case (Me, 2015).
Whew! That was a marathon to read, wasn’t it?
How many words per paragraph? It’s really up to you!
As a takeaway, I’d like to suggest that there are absolutely no hard-and-fast rules as to how many words a paragraph should be.
Making them too short, can look a little odd.
This is an excellent example.
But it can work in some cases.
On the other hand, having really long paragraphs might work for you, but not for your reader. A lot of text without “white space” is hard on the eyes, and the brain. I’ve seen blog posts and web pages with absolutely no paragraphs to speak of. Did I want to read them? Not really. It was too difficult to separate the ideas from one another and there just didn’t seem to be a good enough reason to read them if I could find the same information split up into bite-sized chunks that were easier to digest. So, whatever you do, don’t forget the importance of paragraphs – and keep them a bit shorter than this one, unless you’re trying to baffle the reader.
By the way, the above paragraph is “only” 122 words (656 characters) long. Do you see what I mean when I say that longer isn’t always better? I’m ready to bet that you do.
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Have you ever wondered what exactly X amount of words looks like on a page? A screen?
We’ve all been there.
As professionals, we decide to assign our students X amount of words. Then we stop and think after we type the syllabus, “well, how many pages is that exactly?”
As students, we read the assignment. The teacher wants X amount of words. Great. Well, how many pages is that? How many paragraphs?
What’s even more difficult is if we have to figure out the differences the amount of words creates when typed as compared to being written by hand. At least modern times are different and we don’t have to write X amount of words if we choose not to. Instead, we can get someone else to assist us by writing the paper for us.
Either way, we will still want to know what to look for as for as page and paragraph counts are concerned.
So, how many pages is 500 words? How many paragraphs? Do handwritten word counts take up fewer or more pages when written by hand as opposed to being typed?
What about 1,000 words? 2,000? 5,000?
We are going to explore all of those answers right here in this post.
Let’s begin first with that one thing many of us struggle to master in second grade then usually no longer use after eighth – handwriting.
Figure Before We Learned to Type
Handwriting differs from typed interface. Therefore, the number of pages and paragraph counts will differ for this as opposed to typing. Since most of the situations requiring word counts will use typing instead of handwriting, we will only cover handwriting briefly. Then we will focus the remainder of our post on typing.
Nonetheless, a full breakdown of this topic would be incomplete without exploring this aspect of it as well.
In addition to handwriting differing from typing, it also differs from individual to individual. The difference is vast and could have a huge impact on the results of how many pages and how many paragraphs result for X amount of written words.
Someone with tiny handwriting could double the average number of words on a single page. Another person with huge handwriting could require two pages to fulfill the same word count as what an average writer would fulfill using one page alone.
Therefore, we will be more specific when we get to the typing aspect. But for handwriting, we can generalize and come to some workable conclusions.
For that purpose, we will say the page and paragraph counts that follow are for average size handwrites. We will define average as those who capitalize letters from the top to the bottom of a single line and write lower case letters from the bottom to the middle of the line (or dotted line in most grade school workbooks.)
Average Handwriting Size
It is safe to estimate that one handwritten page is about 250 words. This is the average page size for average handwriting size. Obviously, bigger handwriting can drop as low as 100 words or so whereas smaller writing can get up to about 350 words per page.
To find out how many handwritten pages X number of words is, we use 250 per page as our baseline.
Therefore, if we want to know, “How many pages is 500 words handwritten?” We use 250 as the standard and determine that 500 handwritten words is 2 pages of material.
But more importantly, we will want to focus on typed papers since the majority of assignments will be typed.
To begin, we need to establish (as with handwriting) what we mean by average.
Since the typical formatting requirements indicate 12pt. Times New Roman font (or something similar) we will use that as the guidelines for this post.
Average Size Typing Font
Obviously, if we write in 50pt. font or 8pt. font, the results would differ. But we will use 12pt. Times New Roman as our standard for this post.
Also, it is most common for assignments to be double spaced. This will make a difference in the page counts. For the purpose of this post, we will use double spaced paragraph style as our standard.
So, let’s begin.
The most basic question that will form the foundation for all our other questions is, How Many Pages Is 250 Words? This is the baseline.
To answer this correctly, we must first establish a standard. It is a good idea to set 12pt. Times New Romans double spaced font as the standard since that is customary for most writing assignments.
The result of 250 words using this baseline standard of 12pt. Times New Roman font would be one page in length.
Someone may also want to know how many pages is 300 words. That would end up being one full page and 1/5 of an additional page.
If another student or professional needed to know how many pages is 400 words, the answer would be about a page and a half.
For anyone needing to figure out how many pages is 500 words, we would simply double the baseline. In other words, if we ask, “how many pages is 500 words typed?” we again use 250 per page as our foundation and conclude that 500 double spaced typed words is two pages of content.
Since this is a common word count requirement, you can look at the image below of this 500 word paragraph sample to get a visual.
500 Word Visual Sample
Perhaps, however, an assignment is longer that 500 words and you will want to know how many pages is 600 words. That would end up being two full pages and a little less than half of a third page.
If the assignment is a bit longer, and it is necessary to figure out how many pages is 700 words, the answer would be two full pages and a little more than half of a third page.
Under some circumstances, a student or professional may need to calculate how many pages is 800 words. In that case, the result would be three full pages and 1/5 of another page.
If, however, the assignment required one to know how many pages is 1000 words, the best way to figure this out would be to multiple the baseline of 250 words by four. The result would be four full pages of text.
But some papers are longer than that. Sometimes it is necessary to know how many pages is 1500 words. In that case, the answer would be six full pages.
If the assignment is bigger, it may require one figure out how many pages is 2000 words. The result for those requirements would be eight full pages of content.
Some papers, however, are more than double that size. A few assignments even get up to 5000 words in length. If you need to know how many pages is 5000 words, the answer is 20 complete typed pages of text.
Paragraphs are unique and will differ greatly depending on the writer, the subject, and the context. However, it is possible to estimate the average paragraph to be about 150 words.
With that as our baseline, let’s explore a few different options together.
Perhaps you have a paper that will require you to write 250 words. Now, you need to know how many paragraphs is 250 words. This is a little more difficult to pinpoint accurately, but we can estimate 250 words to be about two paragraphs in length.
Maybe your assignment is longer though and you will need to know how many paragraphs Is 400 words? A good calculation for that number of words would be about three paragraphs.
Since 500 words is a common requirement for many papers, let’s explore that next. If you have a 500-word assignment due and need to figure out how many paragraphs Is 500 Words, you can estimate that to be three and ½ paragraphs.
What if your paper is 600 words? If that’s the case, and you need to know how many paragraphs Is 600 words you can easily get a pretty close estimate by assuming you will need four paragraphs of text to comply with that specification.
In the event that you need to find out how many paragraphs Is 800 Words, you can assume that to be about five and ½ paragraphs.
Sometimes, you may wonder how many paragraphs Is 1000 Words? A paper of that length would be almost (but typically not quite) seven paragraphs. Perhaps 6 and ¾ of another paragraph to be precise.
That’s a pretty close breakdown of what you will need to look for when you have to complete an assignment with a set word count.
4. How Long It Will Take
Once you figure out how many paragraphs X amount of words will be along with how many pages you will need to write, the next thing to factor in is how long it is going to take to write that number of words.
As is the case with the paragraphs, the answer to this question is going to differ depending on the writer, the subject, skills, etc. A combination of all these things will actually make every writing assignment different for every individual.
And someone who writes 100 words in 3 minutes on one topic may need 10 minutes to write 100 words on a different subject.
As a general rule of thumb, however, it is safe to estimate about 30 minutes of writing per 500 words on a topic the writer is already familiar with. This usually isn’t done in less time but could easily take longer depending on the circumstances.
And if the topic is unknown, and even worse – technical, the 500-word assignment could easily turn into a 2-hour project.
The other aspect to factor into timing is the editing process. 500 words may easily be written in 30 minutes, but the average writer should budge 1/3 of the time it takes to write for the editing process.
In other words, 30 minutes of writing usually requires at least 10 minutes of editing. An hour of writing requires at least 20. Etc.
That is for experienced, professional writers with editing software on their computers.
Someone writing for an assignment who doesn’t write daily can average equal time writing and editing. In other words, a 500-word assignment on a topic they know would be two full pages of text divided among three and ½ paragraphs. It would take about 30 minutes to write and 30 minutes to edit. Assuming the student has the ability to write well.
These estimates, however, could easily double for someone writing about a topic (s)he is unfamiliar with and/or if the person has a natural aversion to writing in general. The same 500-word assignment in this case could be one hour of writing then one hour of editing.
Again, it mostly depends on a variety of factors – all of which will contribute greatly to the amount of time it will take any individual to write X amount of words.
5. How to Get Assistance
Figuring out how many pages X number of words and/or how many paragraphs you will have to write to comply with guidelines and specifications can be complicated. Especially if the assignment is handwritten.
But this post should help to fill in the answers and guide us in the right direction.
The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. There are professional services available to help you get your paper written and here’s how to get them written FAST.
You can use the help of these professionals to have your paper written for you and delivered according to the specified guidelines (including the right number of pages and paragraphs.) You can even rely on them for your coursework and/or any other types of assignments you have to complete and turn in.
Trying to figure out exactly how many pages and paragraphs a set number of words will require is enough to make any student feel overwhelmed.
The good news is that it’s a modern era and the days of counting your own pages and paragraphs are outdated and long gone.
Why waste your time trying to figure it all out when papers like these can be written for you?