Weekend Wrinkle: The Places We Should Go

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?


3 thoughts on “Weekend Wrinkle: The Places We Should Go

  1. You’ve got me thinking. I’m not sure I vary my sentence length enough. I’ll study my WIP with that in mind. Thanks.

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