"Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences." Sylvia Plath
|Found items from my office.|
Sentences I like:
"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor." Truman Capote
"The house was far from everything, in the heart of the desert, next to a settlement with miserable, burning streets where the goats committed suicide from desolation when the winds of misfortune blew." Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"Way out in the country tonight he could smell the pumpkins ripening toward the knife and the triangle eye and the singeing candle." Ray Bradbury
"We came to Macun when I was four, to a rectangle of rippled metal sheets on stilts hovering in the middle of a circle of red dirt." Esmeralda Santiago
“When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” Nora Ephron
“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” Maya Angelou
Here are a few tips I will be applying to my sentence writing:
- Apply active voice.
- Invigorate verbs.
- Place the main point at the beginning.
- Eliminate: which
- Don't begin with: there are
- Use short clear words.
- Avoid repetition.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"Write the truest sentence that you know." Ernest Hemingway
"Writing simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don't always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive.... Virtually every page is a cliffhanger--you've got to force them to turn it." Dr. Seuss
"A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?" George Orwell
"It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book." Friedrich Nietzsche