"No sentence exists in isolation; a writer must also consider how it rubs up against the other sentences on either side."
~ Ralph Fletcher
In his book, Pyrotechnics on the Page, my long-time favorite writing guru, Ralph Fletcher, shows us a variety of ways to make our writing sizzle. One of my favorite things about ANY Fletcher text, is that he never gives instruction without example--and the examples are always wonderful!
In a chapter on "Harnessing the Supple Power of Sentences", he suggests strategies like:
- intentional fragments and run-ons
- the strength behind short, snappy sentences
- the 1-2-3 cadence
- sentence reversals
With each strategy, he provides examples that make the "what" and "how" of implementing it perfectly clear.
If you are looking for a new book about craft, Google Ralph Fletcher or go HERE to visit his website, and then choose one! I have almost every one of his books, and they are well-loved.