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Writing Tip #5 - Mix it up

Mixing it up: Using a variety of sentence structures

Monotony is not favored in any kind of writing, except in directions or lists. Don’t bore your readers to tears. Don’t write the way Ben Stein speaks! Fortunately, the Fathers of the English Language provided us with a plethora of sentence structure possibilities.

A simple sentence can be: “School reform is a complicated topic.”

A compound sentence can look like this: “School reform is a complicated subject, so it can be an effective conversation starter.” Like this: “Because school reform is such a complicated subject, it can be an effective conversation starter.” Or it can add dimension to a paper like this: “Because school reform is such a complicated subject, it can be an effective conversation starter, and it can cause arguments among parents and school officials.”

Another way to mix it up is to use different terms for the same object or subject, or repeat the same term (for emphasis) in different kinds of sentences. Create a wonderfully long sentence, and add a short one directly after it. Turn a sentence into a question. Keep the paper alive and moving! Go forth all you writers, and free us from boring writing.

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