Staci Troilo wrote a great post on writing technique for Story Empire, so I thought I’d share it with you:
Ciao, SEers! Yeah, I know “throwing shade” is an insult. I promise, that’s not what I mean. I just wanted to get your attention. Do I have it? Great!
When I was in school, we learned about the four types of sentences:
- declarative (statement)
- interrogative (question)
- imperative (command)
- exclamative (exclamation/shout of surprise)
Our teachers told us we could remember these by the first letters of the words: DIIE, or the elongating the word “die” as a mnemonic device. I didn’t think a mnemonic device was necessary for four simple concepts, especially one that didn’t really work, but it made them happy, so whatever.
Today, I think we all know those four sentence types about as well as we know our own names, without any memory tricks. (Especially ones that don’t quite work.) But I want to discuss five different sentence types that we use in our fiction, and I…
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