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.
Using ProWritingAid's Sentence length Report
This is the screen you see when you run the sentence length report:
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.
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.