Things to immerse yourself
I’ve long been a fan of Moonlight Sonata in the way that it calms the most stubborn of muscles into submission. Like Sonata, I’m increasingly finding myself reading interesting sentences which do the same.
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.”
I continue to improve my writing, and it always comes back to a post I made here
Take something you have written, and cut as much of it as you can whilst still holding the point.
You may think to yourself, what small change to my writing will greatly increase its quality?
Instead, think what small change will improve my writing’s quality? or even what changes will improve my writing?