Whether you are a student writing a paper, a blogger writing your blog, copywriter writing an ad, a business person writing a letter, a reporter writing a news story, an author writing a short story, novel, or nonfiction book, you will find all the ways to write it better in One Hundred Ways to Improve Your Writing.
The importance of sentence length and variety:
Designed for both instant reference and cover-to-cover reading, this gives you step-by-step expert advice about every aspect of writing…from inspiration to punctuation, including amusing examples of the “DO’s” and “DON’Ts” of writing well.
HERE. ENJOY THIS EXAMPLE FOR ONE OF THE 100 WAYS:
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 the 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
One Hundred Ways to Improve Your Writing
Proven professional techniques for writing with style and power By Gary Provost. This is the one guide that anyone who writes–whether student, business person, or professional writer–should put on the desk beside pencil, pen, typewriter, or word processor. Filled with professional tips and a wealth of instructive examples, this valuable, easy-to-use handbook can help you solve any and all writing problems.
It gives a lot of smart advice about keeping your writing clear, concise, and powerful, plus it’s a great refresher on a lot of those grammar lessons you might have forgotten from high school. The book’s tone is light, humorous, and easygoing.
Definitely pick it up and keep it close to your writing desk if you need a refresher on the basics of good writing or if you’ve been getting feedback about style, grammar, or clarity issues in your writing. If that’s what you struggle with, this book will help.
This is a great book about basic style and efficient, engaging writing, if that’s what you’re looking to improve.
The Book of 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing is available on Amazon for $4.74.
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