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How to make music with words – Gary Provost QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

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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.
Gary Provost

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2 comments on “How to make music with words – Gary Provost QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

  1. lovessiamese
    March 14, 2016

    Reblogged this on TheKingsKidChronicles and commented:
    Pay attention to how your mind responds to the sentence lengths in this post. Fascinating.

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