Gary Provost on Writing that Sings

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Gary Provost on Writing that Sings

Postby s_c_baker » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:07 pm

Spotted this on Facebook and thought it apropos:

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This is something I always, always, always pay attention to in my stories. wotf007
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Re: Gary Provost on Writing that Sings

Postby disgruntledpeony » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:34 pm

Me too! It's a very useful tip. Much thanks! :)
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Re: Gary Provost on Writing that Sings

Postby amoskalik » Tue Oct 27, 2015 4:41 pm

Unless you're Scott Parkin, then five word sentences strung together in groups of five five deep can be quite engaging.
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Re: Gary Provost on Writing that Sings

Postby Randy Hulshizer » Tue Oct 27, 2015 4:52 pm

amoskalik wrote:Unless you're Scott Parkin, then five word sentences strung together in groups of five five deep can be quite engaging.


Hahaha. I knew someone would bring that up. I'll admit I only made about halfway through his story. The technique was interesting. Just not my cup of tea. wotf004
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Re: Gary Provost on Writing that Sings

Postby orbivillein » Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:03 pm

Vary sentence length, structure, etc., for lively prose is practical and helpful advice. However, I've yet to see, read, or hear pragmatic advice on more than a simple why or two to vary sentence structure, like because -- for poetic rhythm and song and so sameness doesn't dull readers -- let alone writing in the first place.

Why else? How? When? What? You know, the six W questions nuanced to helpful degrees. Timely and judicious emphasis is a central function. Beyond that, possibles reach toward infinity. Short sentences, faster pace; long sentences, at times slower, at times faster pace. Varied sentence length can in and of itself create a movement arc. One syntax essential is unity of idea -- too often too much idea jammed into a clause, sentence, paragraph, and longer syntax unit.
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Re: Gary Provost on Writing that Sings

Postby liz » Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:00 pm

Aha! An aha moment. I've just had an aha moment.

I've been reading about this very idea lately in Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin. She has some good points but I didn't really get it.

Now I've got it. Great quote, thanks for sharing!
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Re: Gary Provost on Writing that Sings

Postby storysinger » Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:25 am

Thanks for that insightful quote Stewart. I've never thought of doing that. I'll give it a try.
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