I've found that most of the exercises are things I'm already aware of in my writing because of teaching writing to middle schoolers. Once you've had to teach the 6+1 Traits of Writing, you become more aware of what makes good writing.
But her exercises are still a fun challenge. And it gets the words flowing faster than if I were to sit down and attempt to continue a manuscript. And so far, I've been pretty pleased with what the exercises are producing.
Today's exercise was to write a paragraph with short sentences (no more than 7 words) and then write another paragraph that is one long sentence.
Here are my results. I'm doing every exercise with my Steampunk project in mind. (And I really don't know if the second sentence is grammatically correct... but it flows alright. I can check it later if I end up using it in a draft.)
The door closed with a clatter. She didn’t want me there. I was a child. They were adults. But this room didn’t want me either. I felt the cold. I saw the dust stirring. I knew I was not alone.The mecha-carriage sputtered to a halt and within seconds the door was swinging open, and a world was revealed to me: a giant stone Mecha Fac with curls of steam rising from pipes like turrets into the misty air, air that was filled with noises--clanking, screeching, clicking, wailing, druming--which filled my overwhelmed ears and matched my overwhelmed eyes which saw more people than I’d encountered in my entire lifetime.
One thing I thought about while doing this exercise is how long a sentence is too long when writing for children? At what point will the length of sentences shut down your readers? I'm very alert to pacing and readability in what I write because it's something that I evaluate a text on when choosing appropriate texts for my classroom. Just something to think about...