Vary Sentence Length – Gary Provost

Ron Stark   November 4, 2015   Comments Off on Vary Sentence Length – Gary Provost
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This sentence has five words.
Here are five more words.
Five-word sentences are fine.
But several together become monotonous.
Listen to what is happening.
The writing is getting boring.
The sound of it drones.
It’s like a stuck record.
The ear demands some variety. Now listen.
I vary the sentence length, and I create music.
Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony.
I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length.
And sometimes when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage
him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with
energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo,
the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals –sounds that say
listen to this, it is important.

So write with a combination of short, medium, and long sentences.
Create a sound that pleases the reader’s ear.
Don’t just write words. Write music.

– Gary Provost

Vary Sentence Length - Gary Provost

Vary Sentence Length – Gary Provost

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