Is your writing boring? Chances are, the way you construct your sentences have a lot to do with that.
Not sure if your sentences are to blame? When in doubt, read it aloud. Doing so really lets you hear how it sounds, giving you a better way to judge whether sentence construction is the area you need to put in the work at.
Here are some things you can do to enliven otherwise sleepy sentences:
- Cut it down. If the sentence feels long and dragging, cut it down. Long sentences have a tendency to drone off and put the reader to sleep with a smattering of boring language. The shorter the sentence, the snappier it usually sounds.
- Insert an accessory idea. If the sentence just feels bland, you can insert a clause that describes an accessory idea, flanked by commas, parentheses or even double-dashes, in the middle of it. Most of the time, this ends up making the sentence feel fresher.
- Use verbals. Replacing some ideas with verbals, whether they be gerunds, infinitives or participles, can help doll up an otherwise lethargic series of sentences. Verbals work great because they let you encapsulate information in a short phrase, leading to tighter, more creative writing.