What writer doesn’t. Am I right?
More times than not, I worry about the correct grammar and structure of my sentences. But there is so much more to writing readable prose. The reader needs to connect with our words.
How do we as writers, produce sentences that manage this connection?
How do we write our best sentences than combined make for a great story?
Here is a really good article By John Matthew Fox, that not only lists 100 Beautiful Sentences in Literature but explains what makes a sentence memorable.
What I gleaned from his article…
- Beautiful phrasing does not equal memorable. A reader may admire the words but not love them.
- Wisdom does not equate beauty.
- An ambitious sentence is not essential for a perfect sentence
- Emotion is a must for a perfect, memorable beautiful sentence.
- A beautiful sentence moves the reader forward.
His article is a must-read for us “perfectionist” writers. Perfection is not always what we think it is, but what our readers perceive from reading our stories.
What is your favorite sentence?
What do you deem a beautiful, perfect sentence?
Although this is from a movie, it’s stayed with me for years. That must make it pretty close to a beautiful, perfect sentence.
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