|An effective sentence is like a|
skilled athlete moving toward a goal.
An effective sentence is like an athlete jumping over a hurdle. As you watch him run toward the hurdle, you have no doubt about where he is going. Every movement of his body is directed toward his goal. There is no wasted action. You admire his gracefulness as he approaches the hurdle and sails over it with apparent ease.
Like an athlete, an effective sentence moves toward a goal, wasting no motion. It focuses on what is important. It has rhythm. In a skillful athlete we admire the unity and clarity of his purpose, the economy, focus, and rhythm of his movement. These are also the qualities of effective sentences.