Said Gary Provost

“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.”

4 Comments Said Gary Provost

  1. Sandy Beason

    And I continue to learn. You teach me more daily. I owe you many thanks.

    But then again, through your eyes I have been introduced to a whole new world, one full of adventure, wonder and love. In that world you took me to, I found myself. I like what I found.

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