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Syntax Basics, Part 2

Okay, if you've used the syntax chart (see Syntax Basics, Part 1 for the link), you've had an opportunity to look at your favorite author's use of sentence structure. Of course, the style of syntax will change depending on the scene -- often authors will use shorter sentences to convey a sense of urgency and longer sentences to slow down the pace. (Bradbury is a genius at this -- also, his use of loose or periodic sentences is fabulous).

Now, it's time to use the syntax chart to take a look at your own work. Of course, you don't want to chart your entire manuscript, but you might choose three or four sections and chart those. You can then use the chart to analyze your own sentence patterns and whether those patterns or even verb choices are overused.




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