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Monday, October 26, 2015

THE WRITING PROCESS: Writing Effective Sentences



WRITING EFFECTIVE SENTENCES

Effective sentences are one of the most powerful tools a writer has. You can alter the tone and style of our writing simply by changing the patterns of your sentences. Consider these strategies when writing sentences. Vary the length of your sentences. Don’t use all long sentences or all short sentences. Also vary the structure of your sentences.
Following a rigid sentence pattern can become repetitive and boring. In some cases, parallelism (the deliberate repetition of certain words, phrases, or sentence structure) can be used to achieve a desired effect. Another strategy is to use interruption for emphasis. A sudden break in thought calls attention to itself. Use this device to emphasize an important point or detail. Another way to add emphasis is to use an unusual sentence pattern that stands out from the rest.
Pay special attention topic sentences. When writing a topic sentence for a paragraph make it specific enough to arouse or “hook” your readers so that they will want to read on.
Use the active voice as often as possible in your sentences. In a sentence in the active voice, the subject performs the action. (He grabbed the last sandwich.) In a passive-voice sentence, the subject is acted upon. (The last sandwich was grabbed by him.) Active-voice sentences are stronger than passive-voice sentences. As a general rule, use passive voice only when the subject performing the action is not known, when the subject is unimportant, or when you want to emphasize something other than the subject.

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