Tuesday, April 19, 2011

P = Phraseology - whoops, I mean Sentences

First of all I've been so rude. Malcriada, as they say in Portuguese. And I'm sorry. I've never thanked my excellent hosts for allowing a dumbo like me to join the A-Z Blogging Challenge.

So without further ado, my heart-felt thanks to these wonderful people who put all this together:
 Arlee Bird's Tossing It Out 
Jeffrey Beesler's World of the Scribe 
Alex J. Cavanaugh Alex J. Cavanaugh 
Jen Daiker's Unedited 
Candace Ganger's The Misadventures in Candyland 
Karen J Gowen at Coming Down the Mountain 
Talli Roland 
Stephen Tremp's Breakthrough Blogs

Why not take a look at all their wonderful blogs? It'll be worthwhile I promise.

So today we're going to talk about sentences (you can see I'm 
having trouble with my alphabet). 

We all learnt from Junior School : The shorter the better. 
I was such a good student that I took this to heart, perhaps a tad too much. See, I have a little problem, auntie, in that I often 
sound like I'm spraying my readers with a machine-gun. Is there a cure?

There sure is.

Try the "crescendo" effect, that is: short/short/shortish/long.

The vicar looked strained. The usual smile was missing. Mrs. Parrot had no idea what might be the matter. But she was determined to get to the bottom of it before going home that night.

That works - read it out loud. 

Thanks auntie. It reminds me of that joke: What are a parrot's favorite literary characters? Mr. Macawber and Pollyana. Hey! I should've called this post the Parrot Joke.

There'll be more on sentence structure coming very soon (probably under "s").


  1. Oh can I jump on the wagon, I thank them too. I do I do Id do...thanks Rosie.

    I have the opposite as a problem problem...

  2. The A to Z has been great for meeting new bloggers. Wonderful challenge, even though it is exhausting some days.

    And I have a tendency to write really long, convoluted sentences when I'm on a roll. I have to learn to use the period more. :)

  3. I love long sentences . . . LOL.

  4. It is hard, LG , but well worth it.
    G.E. Noooooooooooo!! Oh, but then you're a scientist, sooooo - OK you can.

  5. all great blogs and awesome people hosting this challenge!

  6. Good reminder. Thanks!

  7. long sentences can be taxing at times. short sentences make the action seem more urgent. great post!

  8. Yes, I've found so many new people to follow, Katie, it's great and educational.
    J.L. Thanks for posting
    Nutty, glad you agree with me (but I must stop that machine gun splatter - sigh)

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