I want to construct long sentences, for fiction. I do use subordinate conjunctions and coordinate conjunctions, and I also understand different kind of phrases, and grammatical rules. But I still struggle to string the phrases and clauses together in an effective way. Are there any tips to construct long sentences? And really make it beautiful (By arranging different grammatical elements in different ways). (I don't like semicolons, and i don't want to use it). Give me examples too. I will understand better.


The best way to learn this is simply to read well written books. Once you have mastered the building blocks (listed in your question), read glorious prose.

I would concentrate on slightly older books that people still read, or books that have won prizes like the man booker prize, or the womens prize for fiction.

Best seller lists aren't very reliable as indicators of quality writing.

But be warned there is a good middle ground between

This is Paul. Paul has a ball. Paul likes the ball

and Dickens (from a tale of two cities) I once remember trying to read Dickens and one whole page was a single sentence.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

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