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"Make Meaning Early"

This was an interesting segment of the reading (Clark and Scanlan pages 294-302). It goes to show that there are exceptions to every rule. The general rule of thumb given in this book for writing leads is that they should be no more than 21 words long. According to these authors, however, the lead can go on for much longer than that and still work as long as the meaning of the sentence is indicated early on. The verb must immediately follow the noun. It makes sense. A reader is much less likely to lose focus if the meaning is made clear at the beginning. Thinking about it, this is good advice for any form of writing. Not every sentence would need to follow this form, but on occasion it may be a good idea to throw a sentence like this into the mix.

Other Thoughts on Clark & Scanlan pages 294-302

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Josie Rush:

I also found that piece of advice interesting; after being drilled on the importance of short, crisp sentences, it's interesting to see a loophole. I also think this allows for a more stylistic approach, merely because we have the ability to vary sentence length when necessary without worrying about having our notebooks taken away as punishment

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