Want an argument? Grab old-school high school English teachers and ask them how many words should be in a sentence. For that matter, ask high school English teachers with a minimum of five years of grading essays under their belts. Listen.
Those veteran teachers will talk about essay length and paragraph length, but they won’t dictate a sentence length.
They know that only sentence variety and sentence maturity matter. Sentence length should be like the waves on the shore.
Continue reading “Punctuation: Sentence Length”
M.A. Lee is sharing the opening to her recent release The Key for Spies.
Meet the protagonist Simon and one of the chief antagonists at this link.
I’ve written several blogs about ways to have sentence variety and clever sentence structures to use for emphasis and enhancement. Sentence variety is easily achieved by shifting the subject to other places in the sentence. (Here’s a practice.) This one, however, gets to the rudiments of Sentence Variety. Look for the others in the archives.
Continue reading “Punctuation: Sentence Variety”
Where do writers find inspiration for their books?
M.A. Lee chatters (or maybe it’s a lecture?) about the inspiration that sparked her creativity in writing her most recent release of historical suspense, The Key for Spies.
As we continue our focus on the classic and not-so-classic marks of punctuation for the ends of sentences, we do need to spend a little time considering the sentence itself. What is it? How does it work? What’s important in it and about it? Here we go.
Continue reading “Punctuation: Consider the Sentence”