Long sentences are good

They are and I promise. But you have to be very descriptive and precise in language to avoid boring your readers.

Roy Peter Clark of Poynter Institute show us how. Excerpt:

As I lug my writing tools around the country, I find that one tool, over and over again, produces the most angst.

It turns out everyone is afraid of the long sentence. Fearful editors encourage writers to chop longer sentences into shorter bits. As a result, fearful writers worry that there is something wrong with going long.

Come on, writers. Get over it. You can do it. You just need a little help. (And are those sentences short enough fer ya?)

You can also read more writing tips from Clark here.

For those of you who are curious enough to find out the longest English sentence ever recorded. Well, you’re in luck because the Guinness Book of World Records has chosen a sentence from William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

In truth, however, people could not agree which sentence is the longest.

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Erwin Oliva

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