Step 7 of the Red Pen Editing cycle is to check structure and balance.
The standard structure for a story is beginning / middle / end. Where one ends and the next starts is important. Within each, you’ll have paragraphs and, within those, sentences.
Paragraphs need to be not too short and not too long. Sentences: ditto. And you need transitions to take the reader from one to the next …
Balance – or looking for balance – is not about equality. Think instead about sandwiches: dainty cucumber sandwiches or doorstops, jam packed with bacon. Each serves a purpose!
Think too about making music with your words. This brilliant example by the late Gary Provost says it all?
ProWritingAid has a Length report to draw your attention to sentences which are overlong.
An example from NANO 2011 draft: The Ghost Writer
This is another scene from The Ghost Writer, still in draft form, and written in 2011 during NaNoWriMo.
The two sentences underlined are far too long. Over 30 words each. And so easy a mistake to fix?
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