Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rearranging Your Words

Description makes or breaks a story, whether it is short or long. But how do you make sure that your prose isn't substandard?

First of all, never start a sentence with 'but' (ahem). Secondly rearrange the words in your sentences. For instance, if you start most sentences in the following way:

Paul walked to the door and searched for the handle.

Try doing this instead:

Walking to the door, Paul reached out to search for the handle.

By doing this, you can avoid having every sentence start the same way.

Happy writing.

4 comments:

[Naebsy] said...

Martin, you are such a prescriptivist :P

Martin Willoughby said...

Naebsy: A what?

[Naebsy] said...

Prescriptivism is concerned with 'linguistic etiquette'.

Martin Willoughby said...

Naebsy: I deny it your honour. ;)