Writing Short sentences

Short Sentences: Brevity is the soul of wit

ٍShort Sentences can be a powerful tool.

Short sentences…

-They get the point across in a sharp, short way that really hits the reader and keeps them engaged because it avoids unnecessary rambling.
-They introduce suspense and create a feeling of realism that the reader is part of the situation.

-It makes it more intense and portrays the ideas of the author to the reader. This is especially relevant in ghost stories because they are meant to be suspenseful, scary and generate strong emotions in the reader.
-Pretty much the same reasons as sound effects – evokes emotion, realism and portrays the authors ideas.

-Use short sentences to create punch and make a point.

-Use phrases and even words as sentences. Really.

-Do not use too many sentences — about three or four is usually enough.

-Use a short sentence as a summary after a longer description.

Generally speaking, a short sentence works well at the start of a paragraph or speech item to grab attention, and at the end, to summarize and signal completion.

“Short sentences can deliver a big “bang” that long sentences cannot. They also help emphasize a point that might get glossed over in a longer sentence, and help create contrast by breaking up a series of longer sentences. The short sentence in the following example achieves all three of these effects:
Charlotte new the time had come to tell her boss how she really felt, to let him know that she wouldn’t take it a second longer. She slammed open her door and marched down the hall, past the unbelieving faces of the secretaries, and into her boss’ office. She looked into his eyes, summoned all her courage, and took a deep breath.
She couldn’t speak.”

The same effect is captured in the shortest verses in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. “Jesus wept,” (John 11:35) and “And my father dwelt in a tent” (1 Nephi 2:15). The words “Jesus wept” evoke deep emotion in the reader’s heart that couldn’t be reached with more words. The description of Lehi dwelling in a tent captures all the faith and humility of this wealthy man and the sacrifice he was willing to make in order to obey and serve the Lord. Again, less is more.

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“Short sentences can deliver a big “bang” that long sentences cannot. They also help emphasize a point that might get glossed over in a longer sentence, and help create contrast by breaking up a series of longer sentences. The short sentence in the following example achieves all three of these effects:
Charlotte new the time had come to tell her boss how she really felt, to let him know that she wouldn’t take it a second longer. She slammed open her door and marched down the hall, past the unbelieving faces of the secretaries, and into her boss’ office. She looked into his eyes, summoned all her courage, and took a deep breath.
She couldn’t speak.”

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