100 Ways to Improve Your Writing - Gary Provost

Berkley Books - 1985

The classic text on writing well, now refreshed and updated.

The writing sings...

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.

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