I'm coming in a bit later here; been very busy and haven't had time to think about all of this.
I think sentence construction, and the difference between compound, complex, simple and plain old confusing
sentences are a skillful way to convey emotion and to engage the reader in the story.
Short sentences. Quick and to the point. Powerful punches. Like a quick, sharp storm. They move the story along like wildfire.
Whereas a longer, perhaps more thought out, compound sentence slows things down a little and gives the reader time to smell the roses. What a great opportunity to catch your breath, allow things to meander through the soul and to identify with the MC.
Okay, I'm speaking the obvious here and not trying to preach to the converted that which they already know. But for me at least, that is very much why I need to know the correct structures and theory of English grammar, so that when I practice my art I produce greater pieces of art (probably by breaking all the rules).
Thanks, Jan for another great learning experience. Graham.
May we all get eyes to see and ears to hear,
A Revelation of His Word, crystal clear.
Admitting our need to be drawn in,
Less of self, more of Him.
My prayer for us all.
God bless us with the Revelation of His Word, Grahamhttp://www.shekinahcloud.com/page/page/8464330.htm