Explicit and Recursive Sequences can be a little tricky, and when it comes to learning how to write them, they are no different. Fortunately, with some practice, you can get these sequences right and learn how to use them to impress your audiences.
Explicit Sequences, or words that begin with a word that ends with another word, is one of the most effective ways to motivate readers to do something. The story of Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, goes like this: Heraclitus began to philosophize and end up throwing up a line of all-caps punctuation. In other words, he was a paradoxical character, at once a sinner and a saint, at once moving and unmoving, courageous and cowardly, passionate, and passive, artful and inarticulate, self-indulgent, and humble, open to new ideas yet closed off from them.
Explicit Sequences also convey the “mood” of the piece, at least to an extent. The way it makes us think is implied in the choice of words used. More often than not, the first letter of a sequence has a direct influence on the theme of the piece, such as “Lying”Chastened.”
Explicit Sequences can be used in a more direct fashion in narrative prose pieces. One such example is, of course, “fall”fell.” Of course, the verb “to fall” is not part of an Explicit Sequence, but the context of a story that includes “fell” is often the use of the verb “to fall” as part of a narrative, as in “I fell asleep at the wheel.” Similarly, the verb “to fall” is not part of a Recursive Sequence, but the same rule applies: when used in a more direct context, they are used with explicit or recursive Sequences.
Explicit and Recursive Sequences are often utilized in poetry, where the meaning is both directly stated and implied. A little bit of foreshadowing, when writing poetry, will help you immensely.
Explicit Sequences are often used in a story that includes dialogue. It can be difficult to convey the “mood” of a piece if the dialogues are heavily scripted, so it’s a good idea to keep a written sheet that can be used as a “miniature story” of the characters involved.
Explicit and Recursive Sequences can also be used to give a sense of pacing. Using these 2-word sequences, you can introduce the subplot, or setup the conflict, or serve as a hook for the remainder of the story.
Hopefully, you’ve found the practice worksheet I provided helpful. As you begin to understand how to write explicit and recursive sequences in your own writing, keep a worksheet of these for easy reference.