Saturday, November 26, 2016

In Praise of the Short Sentence

Want to release a powerful idea?

Use a short sentence.

The short sentence gains its power from its adjacency to long ones, which comprise the bulk of most any piece of writing.

Long sentences, says writing teacher Roy Peter Clark, "bring clarity, create suspense or magnify emotion."

Short ones pack punch. They're pithy, truthful, Tweetable.

Consider how our world is the better for these bantams:
  • Hunger is the best sauce.
  • Good is the enemy of the great.
  • A little learning is a dangerous thing.
  • No man is great if he thinks he is.
  • Be sincere, be brief, be seated.
  • You can’t always get what you want.
  • Eighty percent of success is showing up.
  • Easy does it.
  • To finish is to win.
  • Do, or do not; there is no try.
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