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The air is warm—sweltering even, but it doesn't stop students from slogging to their first day of classes. Sliding into their seats, booting laptops, eyeing the blond fresh-meat two rows ahead, they wait for the new professor to enter. No one's had this guy before and everyone hopes he's interesting and not some boring-ass monotone-monologuer.
Authors can have the same effect on readers as speakers have on audiences when they don't grab their attention and keep things moving. No one wants to spend months on a manuscript only to have readers lay it down after three pages.
There are butt-loads of ways to keep readers enthralled. For this particular post we're only discussing sentence structure variation. I won't go into subjects, predicates, clauses, or any other mind-numbing parts of speech I fail to recall at this moment. Everyone has suffered enough English lessons.
The below example is from my newest work in progress and NaNoWriMo effort for 2013, WANDERLUST.
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Ten Writing Tightener Series includes:1. Filters 10/14/13
2. Dead-weight Words 10/21/13
3. Echoes 10/28/13
4. Sentence Structure Stagnation 11/4/13
5. Redundancy 11/11/13
6. Telling vs. Showing 11/18/13
7. Voice Not Character Appropriate 11/25/13
8. Brevity Blunders 12/09/13
9. Head Hopping 12/16/13
10. Underestimating the Reader 12/23/13
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