The wise words

 of Query Shark:

“… pay attention to rhythm. More than anything else stylistically, it’s that rhythm of good writing that’s toughest to teach and learn. When I’m editing manuscripts, I say the sentences out loud a lot. Hearing them helps me see where there are extra words, or too many beats, or misplaced beats. It’s very very slow editing when you are down to moving syllables in sentences, but it’s what makes the difference between gorgeous writing and so-so sentences.”

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