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A paragraph should be a series of sentences communicating one cohesive thought or train of logic. Make it as long or as short as you need, but don't overburden it by sticking more stuff in a paragraph than it can hold. If it doesn't fit into the main arc of the paragraph, either put it in a new one or reorganize the paragraph so that it fits in better.
Change of time: the story moves on to another time that day or the next day.
Change of person: a new character is introduced, they may say something or just be described.
Change of event something new happens in the plot.
When someone speaks
"Fanciful," said James. James this and that...
"Fanciful," said James.
James this and that...
"Meanwhile, at home...."
"Earlier that day...."
"In contrast to Bill, Sally...."
"Another idea is...."
I hope this helps.
Also if a person is narrating and they haven't yet spoken in that particular paragraph/section of the text, when they do speak does this need a new line or can it carry on within the narration with speechmarks?
She carefully buttered her toast and stirred her tea before she spoke to him, her voice as falsely sweet as the pink packet she had just added to her Earl Grey. "Did you have any plans to actually tell him about your trip to Paris, or were you just going to let me wake up and find you and your passport missing?"
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