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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