12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 9

Day 9

 

Take a look at a page of your WIP (work in progress) and count how many long versus short sentences you have. Read the page out loud. Where do you stumble, have to take a breath, or get irritated with choppiness?

Shorter sentences are great for building tension. Look for places to use them.

Example: “911. What’s your emergency?” An insanely calm woman came on the line, her voice echoing through a tunnel in my head.

“My sister—”

“Tell them where we are,” the stranger instructed.

I glanced around. Water. Trees. Dirt. The bridge. The name of the creek stuck somewhere underneath my tongue.

 

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When all twelve days have been posted, you can find them here–12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips.

12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 8

12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 7

12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 6

12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 5

12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 4

12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 3

12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 2

12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 1

For more tips, see Monday Writing Minute.

1 Comment

  1. Another great post, Lori. I’m learning so much!

    Thank you!

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