When I reread what I’ve written, I listen to the rhythm of the words and sentences. I like my narrative to be lyrical–especially in my literary pieces. Cadence matters. It’s one of the most valuable tools in the writer’s workshop, because it allows finesse.
Finesse also matters. Yes, exclamation points, ellipses, dashes, caps, and bold fonts or italics can bring your point home, but they’re all aggressive, obvious. They all say to the reader, “this is the way you should read.”
I’m not arguing with the use of those tools. They come in handy. But a carefully orchestrated cadence–the pulse of the beat of the words–presents the same message with the finesse that marks a mature writer.
Gary Provost illustrates what I mean far better than I can: