- A collection of words doesn’t make a sentence. The words have to connect – see and try examples of this over at Creative Copy Challenge. Writing stories using the lists there and seeing how others write those lists of words into sentences will teach you a whole lot about writing.
- A sentence needs to communicate something to succeed.
- A sentence needs to be just as long as it needs to be, no longer. It’s so tempting sometimes to just let the words keep coming. There can be reasons for long sentences and some writers (think Buckminster Fuller) turned them into an art form of sorts but that’s more unusual than common.
- Annie Dillard was probably right when in The Writing Life she suggested that you must like sentences if you are to write well.
- Excellent sentences move the writer and the reader to some emotion or another.
- Truly great sentences may break the rules; lesser ones shouldn’t.
How do you feel about sentences?
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