A Writing Lesson


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, 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 them 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

2 thoughts on “A Writing Lesson

  1. Kristina Stanley says:

    Excellent lesson. To test if I do this I hit pick a paragraph at random, hit enter after every sentence and see how long the sentences are. This is an easy way to see if there is a problem with sentence length. Thanks for the reminder.


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