Daily Archives: 16 April 2007

Shorter is sweeter after a long sentence

How to write better? Good question. Answer: no answer.

There is no one way for writing better. There is no magic formula, which, if you follow to a T, will ensure that your sentences fly off the paragraphs and pages. We need to pick up lessons, tips, ideas from here and there.

In “Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style”, Virginia Tufte urges feature writers to follow up long sentences with short one. Like this paragraph from F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s This Side of Paradise:

“The silence of the theater behind him ended with a curious snapping sound, followed by the heavy roaring of a rising crowd and the interlaced clatter of many voices. The matinee was over.”

Read the original article here: The power of short sentences