Balance your writing

Stone balancing at lyme regis

Adrian Gray’s stone-balanced sculptures on Lyme Regis beach.

This week’s writing prompt by Jude –

Here’s one definition of a balanced sentence:

“A sentence made up of two parts that are roughly equal in length, importance and grammatical structure.”

e.g. “Vision without action is daydream; action without vision is nightmare.” (Japanese proverb).

Write a story about two women, one cautious, one impulsive.  They meet somewhere unusual – what happens to change the balance in their lives? Include a sentence with a ‘paired construction’, as in the proverb above.

After you’ve written your first draft, check your story for balance. Have you a mixture of long and short sentences? Did you  include enough details of the setting? Is your dialogue relevant to the action of the story? Are you balancing showing with telling?