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    What’s one thing about writing that you cannot seem to grasp, no matter how hard you try to wrap your head and skills around it?

    For me, it’s the “shorter sentences for battle scenes” directive. I get edgy if I write too many short sentences in a row in the rest of the story, so I’m never comfortable writing an even longer series of shorter sentences for a battle scene. This is one concept I have fought with–and failed to conquer–throughout my years as a writer. It feels unnatural to me, so I just make do and trust anyone else who reads it won’t be upset.

    And, for what it’s worth, too many short sentences in a row in a book I’m reading makes me start again so I can mentally tie them together into longer sentences that are more palatable to my tastes. I’ve always been like this.


    Ashe Elton Parker
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      I’m the same way. I turned down a book recently because all the sentences on the first page were short. Monotonously short.

      Maybe I’m too lazy to go back and tie them together into something enjoyable. :P

      Happy writing,
      Deb Salisbury
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