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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (September 27, 2009)

Go with the Flow

Sometimes teachers will describe writing as “choppy.” Usually, teachers mean that the writing doesn’t “flow,” or go along in an easy to read and logical manner.

Sentences contribute to good “flow” in writing in two ways. Use a longer, more complex structure to slow readers down, thus getting them to really stop and concentrate on what you are trying to say. Use a short sentence to shock them awake!

Being sure to follow a logical pattern is another important element of “flow.” What comes first? If you are describing a scene, remember to think of the detail someone would notice first (and then next, and so on).

Practice by writing a long sentence followed by two short, emphatic, sentences that amplify what comes before (by commenting, explaining etc.).


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