- Find an article in a magazine or newspaper and count the length of sentences in the first two or three paragraphs. How well does the author vary sentence rhythm?
- Select a few paragraphs from an article or nonfiction book and rewrite them, changing the pronoun viewpoint. How does this change affect the impact of the writing?
- Find a piece of writing-it can be fiction-that is written in past tense, and rewrite a few paragraphs, changing it to present tense. What happens to the “feel” of the writing?
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