Writers Write is a writing resource. In this post, we talk about how to structure sentences so that you can improve your writing,
How To Structure Sentences
- Each sentence should have one thought.
- When you finish this thought, finish your sentence.
- Put a new thought into a new sentence.
An inexperienced writer uses conjunctions in order to insert multiple thoughts into one sentence.
Examples of conjunctions are: and, then, but, however, or, even.
This writer thinks long sentences impress readers. They don’t. In fact, they chase readers away.
The Mechanics – Six Tips
- A sentence contains a subject and a verb. Example: The dog (subject) ran (verb) to its owner. (In a command or a question, the subject or verb can be implied. Examples: Run! Why?)
- A sentence begins with a capital letter.
- A sentence ends with a full stop or an exclamation mark or a question mark.
- An average sentence should be nine words. (This does not mean every sentence must be nine words long. It means that in a piece of writing, the average sentence should be nine words long for good readability statistics.)
- A sentence should never be more than one and a half lines.
- An average paragraph should be no longer than three lines.
Keep your sentences short. Include one thought in each sentence. Keep your reader interested.
More posts on sentences:
- The 4 Types Of Sentences
- 6 Ways To Shorten Your Sentences And Improve Your Writing
- 7 Tips For Writing Great Sentences
- The Importance Of Varying Sentence Length
- What Is A Sentence Fragment?
- Sentences – Simple, Compound, Complex
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