This sentence has five words

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.

Author: Gary Provost

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  1. Jacob

    This small paragraph may change how I write for the rest of my life. Thank you!

  2. kyle


    so what if there are grammatical errors, it’s poetry, even though it is disguised as prose. so grammar doesn’t really matter. also, you should use a dictionary when trying to be a smartass.

  3. I dont like the anti british statement either, the only reason british cows got fed sheep brain is because the super markets (which by this point were mainly american owned) forced the prices of beef right down!!

  4. Stytch


    What does “wort” mean in this context? Do you perhaps mean “wrought,” Mr. Critic?

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