Sunday, January 1, 2017

Shake Things Up! Vary how you start your sentences

Good writers know to avoid boring writing.

Why choose the same words and sentence structure when the world is your oyster?!  Take time to craft your writing and consider the musicality of it.  How your writing sounds will affect your reader.  Does it sound repetitive... the same... over... and over and over???  Or does it flow with music and an intriguing rhythm??

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Be daring!  Be different!

No Robot Writing!

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Check out this illustration of the power of varying your sentences:

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Notice a difference?!  This is an artist, taking the time to craft his writing to make sure it sounds interesting and sophisticated!

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Are you a Then-aholic?  When you tell a story, is it filled with "Then this happened..." "Then this happened..."  "Then this happened..."?  If so, something as simple as a sheet of transition words and phrases may be the key.

Check out this great resource! 

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First Impressions Matter:

If you need more ideas for how to structure your sentences to avoid the ever-dreaded "Robot-Writing," take a look at this resource!  There are lots of different ways to start a sentence. The trick is to learn how to use them all.   Check out some of these options and see if you can shake up your sentences by varying how you start them!  

1.  'ING' Phrase
Ex. Seizing the knife, Bryan stabbed the zombie.
Jumping up, the zombie refused to stay dead.
2. Use a verb with -ed  or an -ed phrase
Ex. Amazed, he stood stock still with his mouth wide open, like a goldfish
Surprised by all the other zombies that attacked him, Bryan screamed.

3.  Use a simile
Ex. Like bees in a hive, the zombies swarmed all over Bryan.
Like a red river, Bryan’s blood flowed out of his body.

4.  Use an adverb
Ex. Slowly, the zombies climbed off of his corpse.
Carefully, Bryan opened his now “undead” eyes.

5. Use a prepositional phrase (anything a plane can do to a cloud)
around- above - across - after - at - before - behind - below - beneath - beside - between - by - down - for - from - inside - in - near- next - of - off - over - through - to -towards - under - up - with
Ex. Around the time he was bitten, Bryan started to turn into a zombie himself.
Behind the sofa, the children huddled for fear of this new zombie.

6.  Use an AAAWWUBBIS- Although, after, as, while, when, until, because, before, if since
Ex. While he tried not to hurt anyone as a human, he killed lots of people as a zombie.

Since Bryan was so hungry now, he ate everyone in the room!  

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