Daniella Dautrich joins us today with a tongue-in-cheek look at short sentences.
I HAVE a problem. You see, I find short sentences irksome. Five to seven words are never enough! Perhaps you can relate. Perhaps you too adore long sentences. Long sentences beguile us with unending possibilities. They tantalize us writers. You can be the next Faulkner. You can be the next James Joyce. You can be a Charles Dickens!
Yet, I do notice a trend. When words flow ceaselessly, readers grow weary. Is it possible I have been deceived? Was I close-minded, stubborn, prejudiced? It’s not too late for me. I can open my heart to change. Monday, June 24th is a new day . . .
So today, I am making a statement. Proudly, boldly, I am taking my stand. I shall defend the short sentence. Truly, it transcends subject-verb construction limits. Oh! It reaches beyond the scope of interjections. Short sentences are, in short, wonders untold.
Seven Reasons to Love Short Sentences
1. They break up long strings of text.
Paragraphs will pop.
2. They omit needless words.
Thank you, Strunk & White!
3. Your Facebook friends will love you.
Who reads posts with run-on sentences?
4. Your Twitter followers will understand you.
Abbreviations and hashtags could never compare.
5. Your emails will receive replies.
He who finds your question answers it.
6. Your children will learn from your example.
None will taunt them, “What’s your point?”
7. Your legacy of brevity will forever shine.
All will admire your acuteness and wit.
Are you out there, reading and agreeing? Let me know (leave a comment below). Please, show your support for short sentences. Together, we can make a point. Five to seven words are always enough.
Daniella Dautrich is a WriteShop alumna and a graduate of Hillsdale College. She and her husband fill their home with books on writing, literature, and computer science. Daniella blogs at www.waterlilywriter.wordpress.com.
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