why good writing is like music

Every wondered why some people write stuff that is so obviously more interesting than that of their colleagues?

This little quote not only explains why, but does so in a way that is highly relevant to the subject matter.

Pure literary, musical gold from Gary Provost and his book 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing.

"This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together are monotonous. Listen to what is happening.

The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It's like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety.

Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length.

And sometime, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals - sounds that say, listen to this, it is important."

You can buy the book here if you would like to find out more.