Jesus wept. The shortest sentence in the Bible. As a pastor’s kid, this is the type of trivia that I know. Although I know I’m not alone, and that one doesn’t have to be a Bibliophile to know this.
The short sentence has power. You couldn’t guess that I know this from my writing though. The readability analysis of my writing is forever telling me that more than 25% of my sentences contain more than 20 words. Like that last one had 22 so I’ve gone long in just the sentence about going long.
The declarative format. No room for ambiguity. Direct and pointed.
Children should laugh.
I recently had the honor of talking with Todd Fulginiti on the Sharing the Heart of the Matter podcast about his new album, Jazz on King, volume 1. As he wrote about so well in a recent Wise & Shine post, he’s worked his way to his style. He described it to my co-host, Vicki Atkinson, and me, as “less is more.”
I suspect the power of the declarative sentence is similar. Thanks for reading. Peace out.
Speaking of short sentences, “I’m sorry” is one of the most effective when used well. I’ve posted The Art of Apology on my personal blog.
I also post on Mondays at the Heart of the Matter blog, a great shared blog of personal storytelling with a podcast that highlights inspirational creatives. My book about my journey to find what fueled my dad’s indelible spark and twinkle can be found on Amazon: Finding My Father’s Faith.
You can find me on Instagram and Twitter @wynneleon
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