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Why You Should Be Using ProWritingAid's Sentence Length Report

Hayley Milliman
Content Lead
Published Oct 17, 2018

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You know what's boring?

Reading a piece of work where every single sentence is exactly the same length.

Think about it.

When you use the same length or structure of sentence over and over again, your work will be repetitive and un-engaging.

Thankfully, ProWritingAid's sentence length report is here to help. Let's take a look at what it does.

Contents:
  1. Using ProWritingAid's Sentence length Report
  2. What the Scores Mean
  3. Final Thoughts

Using ProWritingAid's Sentence length Report

This is the screen you see when you run the sentence length report:

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The report takes you through the variety in sentence lengths in your piece, the average sentence length, and how many long sentences you have. It also provides you with a graph depicting a visual representation of the length of your sentences.

What the Scores Mean

The sentence structure length gives you three scores:

1. Sentence Variety Score

The sentence variety is calculated using a concept called standard deviation. This is a mathematical measure of variety from the average. The higher the standard deviation, the more your sentence lengths vary within the document.

2. Average Sentence Length

The average sentence length for most published writers is between 11 and 18 words. If your average is above 18, then your writing might be too verbose or complicated. If your average is below 11, your writing will likely feel choppy. Check your score and then rework your text if you need to.

3. Long Sentences

Long sentences are sentences over 18 words. As we noted before, long sentences may be too complicated for your readers. It's best to try to limit the number of long sentences in your work.

The graph helps you easily scan to find areas in your work that need more variety.

Final Thoughts

The ProWritingAid Sentence Length report helps you make sure that your writing is exciting to readers... not putting them to sleep.

Try it out the next time you're using one of ProWritingAid's many integrations!

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Hayley Milliman
Content Lead

Hayley is thrilled to be ProWritingAid's Content Lead, as it gives her an excuse to think deeply about words every single day. Prior to joining ProWritingAid, Hayley spent a number of years as an elementary school teacher, which was a crash course in learning how to entertain an indifferent audience. These days, she puts her storytelling skills to use writing blog articles and working on her first novel.

When Hayley isn't hunched over her keyboard, you can find her figure skating at the ice rink, hiking with her dog, or profusely sweating at the Muay Thai gym.

She is the co-author of the book Museum Hack's Guide to History's Fiercest Females (which was an Amazon bestseller) and How to Build Your Author Platform on a Shoestring.