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.
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 #21
21: Use all five senses in your descriptions. Smell and touch are too often neglected.
Wave that banner high and don’t forget about it. So many times I have been stuck, needing that little extra “umph” in a scene. Adding that little bit of extra sensory perception into a scene is awesome for really engaging your reader.
For instance, the smell of popcorn when you enter a movie theater. The fragrance of roses dancing on the breeze. The gritty surface biting into her flesh.
I don’t think there’s a better method of really engaging your reader than NAILING the sensory perceptions.
Do you have a favorite sensory perception? How about a great example ina book your reading?
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