Writers Write is a comprehensive writing resource. In this post, we talk about the basics of sentence structure.
- 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 type of writer thinks long sentences impress readers. They don’t. They show the writer’s ignorance. They chase readers away.
The Mechanics – Five Tips
- A sentence always contains a verb.
- Always finish a sentence with a full stop or an exclamation mark or a question mark.
- An average sentence should be nine words.
- 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. Keep your sentences simple. Keep your reader interested.
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