To craft a good sentence is

“…the skill of lining events, actions, and objects in a strict logic — is also the skill of creating a world. In other words, sentences are the engines of creativity.” -Stanley Fish

What else? Where do you write your best sentences? Interestingly for me, the topic of the sentence and its significance to writing repeatedly came up this past week in conversations with other writers, at a poetry reading, in my reading about writing. The sentence can seem elusive but we know it is always lurking, trying to say something interesting, fascinating, unique, or surprising.

It is the sentence long or short that pulls together the collage of ideas, experiences, narratives in our heads and straightens, curls, or bends them around precisely chosen words–words that will not stand still–but break free and crawl across the page as if some ink spill or wondrous spell. Or at least that is what I want for sentences.

What do you want your sentences to do?

Read: 5 Ways to Write a Damn Good Sentence

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Categories: Inspiration, Writing

2 Comments on “To craft a good sentence is”

  1. November 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Thanks for the lesson!

  2. November 18, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    true!

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