Does Sentence Length Matter?

In a word: YES.

Writing Tip: Sentence Length

Have you ever heard a speech or talk and the person speaking sounded slow, monotone and monotonous? The content might have been great but you couldn’t get past the sound of the voice that almost put you to sleep?

That is what it can feel like when a reader has to wade through a text that has nothing but long, drawn out sentences. Long sentences can get boring and confusing for a reader and will make him or her want to stop reading pretty quickly.

For example: I went to the store to pick up pencils, notebooks and sketch pads for my best friend who is writing a new story about two friends who get lost on an island and it is going to be an excellent story because my friend is a good writer and she knows how to integrate lots of soul into her characters, details to her scenery, and suspence in her plot lines.

Do you see how the above sentence can be a little too much to read? There are several sentences that run together into one big sentence making it feel like the sentence goes on forever.

On the other hand, a piece of writing that has nothing but short sentences can sound choppy and incohesive. That is the way children who are learning to write create sentences: short and abrupt.

For example: I went to the store. I picked up pencils. I picked up notebooks. I picked up sketch pads. My best friend is writing a story. The story is about two friends. They get lost on an island. It is going to be an excellent story. My friend is a good writer…

Do you see how choppy and broken the above sentences are? The sentences aren’t able to move forward with its point because it feels like stop, go. Stop, go. It is jarring to a reader’s sensibilities.

Thus, long sentences and short sentences have a place in a piece of writing. Good writers vary sentence length to help keep the text interesting and flowing naturally.

For example: I went to the store to pick up pencils, notebooks, and sketch pads for my best friend. She is writing a new story about two friends who get lost on an island. It is going to be an excellent story because my friend is a good writer. She knows how to integrate soul into her characters. She knows how to add details to her scenery and she knows how to bring suspence into her plot lines.

In the above paragraph, there are short, moderate and long(ish) sentences to keep it interesting. Varying sentence length may be a small thing but it makes a big difference in your writing!


Psst: Just a reminder, there is only a couple of days (until September 30) left to make a difference for those who are facing tremendous challenges due to the recent natural disasters. You can grow your business improve your writing while helping others – a win/win!

A Simple Way to Help the Hurricane Victims

Is your heart aching for those who have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? Mine has. Five years ago, my family and I were fortunately not seriously affected by SuperStorm Sandy, but I know of many people who were not so lucky.

Help the Hurricane Victims

I have donated some money and goods but wanted to do more. So, for a limited time – from now until September 30, – I am donating 30% of all proceeds from all my services: the blog critique service, the proofreading service, and the “pick my brain” service.

Let’s join together in giving some relief to the many people who suffered devastating loss and displacement due to those natural events.


(Psst: If you are into faith-based journals/planners, 50% of the proceeds of all my books are going to be donated too. Here are the paperback books and the digital ebooks.)

The Power of Why

If you listen to many business gurus, or if you haven taken any online courses for growing a business, you have probably heard the command, “Know Your Why.”

There are many reasons why knowing the purpose behind everything that drives you in business and and life but Simon Sinek, in his TED talk,  explains the importance of “the why” in a succinct and powerful way. So, if you haven’t seen this video yet, watch it now. I promise you, it will be some of the best 18 minutes you have ever spent.