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Want to Improve Your Writing? Don't Write Words. Write Music.

Do you want to become a ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ?


This advice changed my writing forever:


๐——๐—ผ๐—ป'๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€. ๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ.



Gary Provost, a famous writer, demonstrated this beautifully:


โ€œThis 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. Itโ€™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 cymbalsโ€“sounds that say listen to this, it is important.โ€



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