Simple and compound sentences are the workhorses of your chapters. Alternate them for a satisfying base melody.
1) Basic sentence (1 beat) One noun plus one verb create a basic sentence. Short sentences like this call attention to themselves. Make sure there is a good reason for calling attention to them.
3) Compound sentence (3 beats) One noun and three verbs.
4) Simple sentence plus one modifying phrase (2 beats) One noun and verb with a modifying clause.
5) Simple sentence plus two modifying phrases (3 beats) One noun and one verb with two modifying clauses.
Example: Dick won the battle; he lost the war and the only woman he’d ever love.
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