I’ve been studying sentence structure…

I was watching or listening or reading something this week — I don’t remember what — but the message was:

You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader.

True. (And probably the reason I don’t remember who said it since this little tid-bit is fairly common knowledge.) The person went on to say:

If you want to improve as a writer, then you should spend time improving as a reader.

Also true. After my revision experience last week, I was deep in my first YA project. I also took some time to reread the first 50 pages of my current YA project. I noticed how my writing is changing. More importantly, I noticed how I want it to change. I want to write with more varied sentence structure.

The past few days I’ve been rereading some of my favorite YA books, looking at the sentence structure and patterns. I’m at that phase of noticing things, but not quite sure how to put them into words to try in my writing. So this morning, I started this page in my writer’s notebook…

Some notes in my writer's notebook as I study sentence structure. Click the image to make it bigger.