This Sentence Has Five Words…

I follow lots of blogs. I probably even follow yours. If you do have one. I read most of them. It’s rough to comment everywhere. Or ‘like’ every single post. Sometimes my emails pile up. It makes me very sad.

But today I found this: Limebird’s Top Ten Writing Quotes

My favorite was number ten. Read on to see why.

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.” – Gary Provost

I would now like to apologize to my readers for writing my entire blog post, up to this point, in five-word sentences. I’m sure you’ll forgive me, as I had a point to make. This passage will stick with me for a long time. It’s awesome. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

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