William Strunk and E.B. White, The Elements of style.
All prose has a sound; writing isn't just story telling - it's how you get there that counts as well. Poor sentence construction along with grammatical misusage is a common problem. But even the more experienced writer can have trouble with sound. They might know how to write a beautiful sentence but may be less aware of echoes or unpleasant sounding consonants.
Sound can be a very difficult area to be in because the only person reading the words is usually the author themselves. Here are some other common sound problems:
- Incorrect use of the semi colon.
- Incorrect use of the colon
- Incorrect use of the dash.
- Incorrect use of parentheses
So what are your most common problems with sound?
Taken from: The First Five Pages: A Writer's guide to Staying out of the Rejection Pile