Gary Provost Quote

We really liked this quote by writing guru Gary Provost. Gary is the author of 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing, Make Your Words Work, Make Every Word Count, Beyond Style: Mastering the Finer Points of Writing, and many novels and true crime books. When he is not writing about writing, he is writing. If you are looking for some inspiration in your writing instruction, or your own writing, we recommend taking some time to visit garyprovost.com. 

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”

Gary Provost