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Beyond instructions for living, I read to marvel at a strong or lyrical or surprising sentence. A great sentence is rarer than we think.
- Jane Hamilton
Setup: Think of the unique, perfectly constructed sentences you've come across in the course of your reading that have stayed with you. What makes those specific sentences special? Is it the word choices? The subtext? The musicality of the line? Why do they linger in your memory? I share, as example, a few of my own favorite lines:
"Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum." - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
"He smelled submission in Quoyle, guessed he was butter of fair spreading consistency." - The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Prompt: Set a deceptively small goal for today - write one great sentence. Share your sentence with us by posting it in the comments section below.
For more info: Today's prompt comes from The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood