I’m dissecting the article Hunting Down the Pleonasm, by Allen Guthrie, using it as a cattle prod to search for little nasties in my manuscript. Yep, you can join in the fun, too. Let’s take a looksee at topic #22
22: Vary your sentence lengths. I tend to write short, and it’s amazing what a difference combing a couple of sentences can make.
Remember to be careful with this when you are trying to create a mood. For instance, a string of short, choppy sentences can create tension when needed. Overall, though, a mix of lengths in your text will bring it alive.
And while we’re here – watch those overly long sentences. If a line is over 20 words, you may want to consider breaking that puppy up a bit.
- Pleonasms … (wordznerd.wordpress.com)