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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.”

– timeless advice from the late gary provost.  he shows how variety is not only the spice of writing, but the spice of communication.  throughout the day, look out for the rhythm in people’s speech/writing.  note who’s conducting orchestras with their words and whose notes are falling flat.  via nikyatu.


a perfect example of rhythm in writing

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So true. Some sentences are so long, you literally have to stop…and catch your breath. Thanks for the reminder.



I know some one who would say, ” tell this to my mother, Please!!!



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