Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pacing and Sentence Structure


Good writers use varied sentence structure for effective pacing. When you use repetitious sentence patterns it is much like talking in a monotone...boring.

Pumping Your Muse Prompt

For today's prompt choose something you've already written and check your sentences. The most common pattern you see is a simple subject and verb sentence. Include shorter sentences to add tension, While working on your sentences check for the following:

  • Omit the and how, or and then
  • Check your pronouns to be sure they reflect back to the correct noun
  • Look for awkward sentences -- these become clear when you read your work outloud

    Vary the length of your sentences to keep the story interesting and moving forward.

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    Stop by Dayana Knight's blog this Friday where I'll be stopping by for a guest post on creating an effective setting.
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