Monday, November 22, 2010
Monday Mulligan Stew
Sentence variety is needed when writing a story. You don't want all your sentences to be the same length or the same structure. It's like listening to a monotone speech.
Ways to use variety:
Begin your sentences with different words. Don't overuse, he, she, the, a.
Don’t over use questions, but do use them once in a while to go deeper into POV.
Revise sentences for impact - Add one word sentences.
Add reiterations - Damp darkness
Repeat words - qualifiers (Look, walk, turn) watch overwriting stage directions
Sentence fragments are fine. If you know you're doing it and are doing it for a reason.
Power position- The beginning and end of any piece of writing has more power. Put the most powerful word or sentence at the end of the paragraph. Also put the most powerful word in your sentence at the end.
Imagery-comparison of two things. Simile-like, as; Metaphor-don’t mix metaphors