Ryan Lanz, in this week’s installment of Ten Quote Tuesday (#33), includes an entry from Dr. Suess I like a lot:
“Simple, short sentences don’t always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive… Virtually every page is a cliffhanger–you’ve got to force them to turn it.”
I’m a big fan of simplicity, but it does get boring if that’s all I’m writing. It’s rather like going on a trip and driving. Sometimes you have to get off the beaten path to have adventure.
In writing, I have to get off the Interstate sometimes and cruise through those places that are quirky and different. It’s there I find the gems in writing that make me love it so much. And it helps to keep my readers involved.
On the other hand, I can’t spend all my time there, or I’ll never make it to my destination.
How do you approach changing up the pace and keeping the reader involved in your writing?