Chapter 23: “Up Your Game by Doing Five Things on Purpose”

“Many students overuse the same ho-hum declarative rhythm because they have never realized that it is their responsibility to make variety happen. Variety does not happen all by itself. I know a woman who claims that her husband fixed a tuna sandwich for lunch every day… for twenty-six years. You do not want to turn your college essays into twenty-six years of tuna sandwiches. The time has come to try a muffaletta. Varying the sentence lengths doesn’t cause the development of personal voice, but it frees up the prose so that the development can happen.”