Writing 101: Size matters (in sentences)

When I was 12 years old I lived on the westside of San Antonio, Texas. The westside of town and the neighborhood that I lived in, was and still is primary Hispanic. My home was a small-medium size house with three bedrooms, a living room, restroom, and a kitchen. This home, housed my parents, mom and dad, myself, plus two brothers and sisters. Our neighborhood was a okay area for growing up. Everyone in the neighborhood knew each other, so nobody was a stranger or a creepy neighbor. As for other kids living in the neighborhood, there really was that many. Of course there were older kids who were 6-10 years older then me and then there were younger kids, 7-10years younger then me. As for kids that were my age, there were zero, but that was okay.

Day Eleven: Size Matters (In Sentences)

Today’s Prompt: Where did you live when you were 12 years old? Which town, city, and country? Was it a house or an apartment? A boarding school or foster home? An airstream or an RV? Who lived there with you?

So write with a combination of short, medium, and long sentences. Create a sound that pleases the reader’s ear. Don’t just write words. Write music.

– Gary Provost, 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing

Mixing up the lengths of your sentences creates variety for the reader and makes for much more interesting reading.

Today’s twist: pay attention to your sentence lengths and use short, medium, and long sentences as you compose your response about the home you lived in when you were twelve.


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