This is a sample of writing I always use to demonstrate to my students how simplistic writing is sooooo boring. It shows how writing might look from them if they tried to push themselves and as such, it's the perfect example to refer to when teaching any extended writing lesson.
It also doesn't hurt that I used my graphic design talents to make it look artsy. Some might say it's difficult to read this way. I prefer to think the layout matches the spirit and emotions of the words themselves.
“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.
I vary the sentence length, & I create 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 & builds with all the impetus of a
the roll of the drums,
the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say
listen to this,
it is important.
So write with a combination of short, medium, and long sentences.
Create a sound that pleases the reader’s ear. Don’t just write words. Write music.”
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