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 pleasant rhythm, a lit, a harmony. I used short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes when I am certain the read is rested, I will engage him with 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.
So write with a combination of short, medium an long sentences. Create a sound that pleases the reader’s ear. Don’t just write words. Write music.
– Gary Provost