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The Purpose

This prompt is here to get your mind on sentence structure.

As you already know, sentence structure is a huge part of writing great fiction. Who wants to read a book that isn’t clean and well-presented, placing great emphasis on clarity, flow, and precision?

Not us. And you shouldn’t, either.

When you dive into this prompt, think about the length of your sentences. Think about replacing some of your commas with periods – especially if a sentence feels clunky or too long. Think about where these varied sentence lengths take place – and what that means for the reader. And also don’t forget to include a very short sentence here and there that really delivers shock value.

That’s how you play the game of sentence structure. Just be sure that with every step, you’re moving forward with clear pacing and precise purpose. You can figure the rest out once the sentences are clean and polished. It’s easier that way.

The Prompt

Ha! The poor guy had no clue…

It was his fault, actually. She shouldn’t have to tell someone no so many damn times. This guy just didn’t get the memo. And so now, here she was… dressed as a different woman. A woman pretending to be interested in him.

Why? She had no idea.

That part she’d figure out later, when she finally got him alone.

Try this prompt for size and create something based on it. If you do write something, please share it with us in one way or another. Tag us in a post, post it in the comments, send it to us in an email – we’d love to read your work.

Who knows? If you send something our way and we really like the way you write, we might just offer you a discount on our editing services. Or we might even edit a few chapters for free. It’s worth a try on your part.

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