don’t just write words. write music.

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.

now listen. i vary the sentence length, and i create music. 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 and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.

× gary provost ×

1 Comment

  1. When a melody is created and words are then added, do the words become lyrics and together they become a song?When words are put together and a poem is born and a a musician takes this poem and creates a song, is this creation a “sung poem” or the poem becomes lyrics of a song?

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