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Aim for variety in words, sentences, paragraphs, scenes and chapters

  • With scenes and chapters, you might decide to introduce variety by having a change of point of view (POV), or tense, or person.
  • With paragraphs, interspersing dialogue and exposition will normally result in a good ‘imbalance’: enough dialogue to break up the exposition.
  • At sentence level, pay attention to the lengths of sentences and how they start and how they end.
  • At word level, if you fail to introduce variety in your choice of words you might find yourself repeating yourself …

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