Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday Tip: How long should a sentence be?

Have you ever wondered how long your sentence should be? In a nutshell, it should be long enough to get the point across. In some cases, that may consist of just one word. In general, it's a good practice to vary the sentence length throughout each paragraph. By doing this, your story will sound more natural. It is also a good idea to not overwhelm your sentences with commas, dashes, or parentheses. Sentence length varies on your readership, as well. More than twenty-five words per sentence may be viewed as a wordy sentence.

The important thing is to not overthink things. Just write naturally. Take note of the sentence length, and whether or not you want to separate or combine sentences, during the editing phase.

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