Chop. It. Up.
From Rene J. Cappon’s The Associated Press Guide to News Writing:
“But the longer the sentence, the less readable it’s likely to be, and the more exposed to mishaps of syntax. The remedy is simple: Chop up long sentences into their functional components and aim for an average sentence length of 16 to 17 words” (37).
I think this advice is extremely helpful. I’ve said this a number of times and I’ll say it again, I like concrete answers about things (hence why I’m an English major. Lol) If there is a formula about how to do something, I’m all ears. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules; I understand that. But when someone tells me that there is a pretty fool-proof way to do something, it excites me.
Cappon’s advise is great. She has a way of putting it that you feel that an expert journalist is taking you under her wing and showing you the little tricks of the trade that she uses. I appreciate the help and will certainly keep her directions in mind when writing articles of my own.