SOC Chapter 7: "Shaa Converses"

For many years, the late Theodore Sturgeon took every natural opportunity, and quite a few beyond that, to discourse on his advocacy of rhythmic prose. I was reminded of that particularly in this chapter, which is basically one long conversation, punctuated by stage directions and some minor beats of scene setting. Trying to pay attention to the natural rhythm of words on a page always seemed like a natural goal to me, not that I make any great claims to mastery. Finding and playing with the cadence - as though the text is actually being performed - just seems to make thing flow better. And it definitely helps to punch up any jokes, especially the droll ones.

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