I'm sorry. I know I've been posting a lot of questions lately.

Many times in the past, when I tried to write words with cadence and showed them to people, they said that I had poor command of the English language. They said my sentences were unidiomatic, improper in word order, and verbose. They also said that I was using words that didn't mean what I wanted them to mean, and that I was combining words in ways that didn't make sense. So they told me to practice writing clearly and without aiming for cadence.

Well, I already know I can write clearly and without aiming for cadence. But now I want to achieve cadence in much of my writing. My only problem is this issue I had in the past with butchering the English language every time I attempted cadence.

Is there any advice you can give me on maintaining clarity and good command of English while also matching my words to the cadence I wish?

I appreciate your answers. Thank you.

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    Can you give an example of what you mean by cadence? Maybe something you've written that you were told didn't work, and an example by a published author of something you do think has good cadence?
    – Kitkat
    Commented Sep 22, 2020 at 15:35
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    I feel you've asked this same question several times, with only slight variations. I would answer this one the same way I did the last one, writing.stackexchange.com/questions/52628/rules-of-harmony. What are you looking for in an answer that isn't covered in your previous questions? There's really no magic shortcuts, as hard as that may be to accept. Commented Sep 22, 2020 at 18:39
  • Formal poetry represents cadence in English in its purest form, so if you want to study cadence in isolation, that's truly your best bet. Once you've masted that, it can't help but begin to impact your prose. I'd be willing to wager that there's no great prose stylist who doesn't have a love for poetry. Commented Sep 22, 2020 at 18:43
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    I agree, this question feels like a rehash of your previous 3-4 questions with minor wording changes. Many users have offered helpful insight already and there's no definitive answer or magic shortcut, as Chris says, so hopefully what users have already offered can help.
    – Sciborg
    Commented Sep 23, 2020 at 15:36
  • I second Chris's comment about studying poetry. I think that poetic meter is likely the closest to what (I think) you mean by cadence. Understanding how that works will probably help, but without an example I may not be interpreting your question correctly. Also, what kind of writing are you trying to do with cadence? It really wouldn't work in an office setting but might be useful in some fiction, for example. Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 16:35

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From my own personal experiences, I manage to make a rhythmic style of writing by making my sentence lengths dynamic, from long to short to long again, or some medium in-between. This creates a smooth flow, and still follows the basic rules of English — excluding run-on sentences. They should be generally avoided, but I've seen even that as a style before. Dynamic sentence lengths create a flowing rhythm, and could be tweaked to even create different moods, like growing anxiety with a long and heavy sentence, and a sudden surprise with one little clip. As it says on this site:

Long sentences: Slow, descriptive or explanatory. Can create a sense of relaxation, flow, or time dragging. Using long sentences can create a fluent style and rhythm.

Short sentences: Good for action, and dramatic lines. For example, 'a shot rang out.' Short sentences can create a punchy choppy rhythm.

An even more perfect example is stated by Gary Provost:

This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety.

Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.

So write with a combination of short, medium, and long sentences. Create a sound that pleases the reader’s ear. Don’t just write words. Write music.

As Provost says, you can create music with how you give out the sentence lengths. Dynamic! It has rhythm, cadence, and still follows the rules of the English language!

Hope that was helpful.

Some links: https://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/english/writing-to-describe/revise-it/varying-sentences https://mannerofspeaking.org/2016/05/26/powerful-sentence-structure-for-your-speech/

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    I find it fascinating (but also intimidating) how, when someone sets out to provide a good example of writing, the expectations suddenly soar, and their intended good example (in this case Provost's) seems to struggle to even remain within the range of merely acceptable... (It may be subjective; maybe this happens just with me...)
    – Levente
    Commented Apr 28, 2021 at 13:37
  • @Levente Hope that's good. :D I'd discovered Provost's quote a while ago whilst reading some articles, and fell in love with it instantly. Commented Apr 28, 2021 at 13:53

Gibberish is an achievment. Don't be ashamed of your lack of English use. Clarifying is easy if you try to find another synonym for the words that you are trying to use.

A cadence is a form of poetry that is a type of rap or lullaby. Your best chance is to write a normal poem, then add your beat to it. Hear some more examples and rhyme some words could do more than just nonsense.

Hope this helps.

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