Writers' Ink at Caledon Public Library

Masterpieces of Sentencing

‘A great sentence compels you to rehearse it again in your mind’s ear, and then again later on’

“If we think of a library as a city and a book as an individual house in that city, each sentence becomes one tiny component of that house. Some are mostly functional – the load-bearing wall, the grout between the bathroom tiles – while others are the details we remember and take away, perhaps recalling their texture and colour when we assemble our own verbal dwelling-place.”

“The first sentence of any novel works as an invitation into a new world. Sometimes that invitation is so powerful that the sentence itself takes on a life of its own.”

From ‘What Makes a Sentence a Masterpiece?‘ by Jenny Davidson in Aeon – a world of ideas of June 6th, 2018

About Alton Chapter

The Alton Chapter of Writers' Ink meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Alton Branch.

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This entry was posted on February 16, 2019 by in Writing Advice and tagged .

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