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Elric

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PostSubject: Style Tips   Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:27 am

I guess I will kick off this section.

One of the great techniques for writing that I have learned over the years is to combine long sentences with short sentences. Much of a stories readability depend on its tempo. When you have to get in details it is good to mix long filled out sentences with short non-informative ones. that way the story does not grind toa halt. Never have a string of long sentences, but in a fight scene a series of short sentences can make the scene heart pumping.

Hope that helps.
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PostSubject: Re: Style Tips   Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:19 pm

Thanks! I'm sure we will all keep that in mind, one thing that I personaly find helpful, is to have like 1 paragraph of description, then 1 of action, and keep it moving like that, that way, you can get the picture in the readers head with the desripction, but you arent boring them with too much description! (another thing I find helpful is the spellcheck! what would we do without it???)
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PostSubject: Re: Style Tips   Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:28 am

That might work in some styles, but putting aside a whole paragraph for description can get boring.
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PostSubject: Re: Style Tips   Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:30 am

It does not have to be a long paragraph, Miss Pegram says that a paragraph is 3 or more sentences, ofcouse, I think you knew that Elric.
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PostSubject: Re: Style Tips   Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:43 am

Yes I knew that. Your technique is not impossible to do, but in some writing where there is a lot of ground to cover, three sentence paragraphs are somewhat out of place there, but enough on that topic. Does anyone else have a good tip?
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