Varying the pattern of your sentences is a surefire way to give your writing extra flair. Problem is, most people just aren’t sure about what changes to actually make. If you’ve stumped about how to vary those sentences, here are some tips:
- Reverse the order. If your sentences always have the subject coming before the verb, then reverse the order. Same if you normally write the other way around.
- Start with a description. Instead of writing “The product stood out from the pack,” add a descriptive phrase in front. Example: “Throw in a table in the corner of the room, the product stood out from the pack.”
- Insert an idea in the middle of a sentence. Instead of writing “They named the killer whale Kamala,” insert a though that adds information in the middle. Example: “They named the killer whale, which has victimized its share of local residents, Kamala.”
- Use seldom-employed punctuations. Semicolons, colons, double-dashes and parentheses can be used to create less-than-usual sentence varieties. Take advantage of them.
- Alternate long and short sentences. Varying the lengths of sentences within the same paragraph is one of the quickest ways to get this result. It also forces you to condense and expand ideas, which further adds to the variety in style during reading.