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Saturday, July 30, 2011


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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.
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."
– Gary Provost

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