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How to Write a Good Sentence


This is a trial to see what goes on when I hit reblog on my blog. It was simple and quick.

Never Give Up by Joan Y. Edwards

How to Write a Good Sentence“How to Write a Good Sentence” by Joan Y. Edwards

It is imperative to have a subject and a predicate to make a complete sentence. In other words, your sentence has to have a noun and a verb.

I love the quote from Joyce Griffith, Griffith Publishing “How long should a sentence be? As long as it needs to be, but no longer.”

Two of my blog articles listed below have memorable lines from movies or books. It is a great idea to find good sentences and share them in a blog post or with your writing group(s). I am excited that Shannon Doyne and Holly Epstein Ojalvo said, “Make a collection of your favorite sentences from anywhere.”

I think it’s a good plan to note the book, magazine, newspaper, movie, television show, or person who said them. For comparison and to help you recognize when your sentences aren’t up…

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  1. Thanks for the thought-provoking article.  One of my favourite sentences has got to be in L P Hartley’s ‘The Go-Between’: The past is another country; they do things differently there.’ Things that make bad sentences for me are:-  1) Tautology (‘Continue on’, for instance, or most commonly used, ‘Report back’ – no word beginning with ‘Re’ should be followed with ‘Back’, as the two mean the same thing. ‘Report’, as you know, literally means ‘to carry back’.)  2) Intrusive Adverbs, like ‘He greeted her smilingly’, or, as in John Banrville’s  ‘Ghosts’, (regarded by some as a ‘Master Stylist of the English Language),something about the ‘dewy grass glistening greenly’. Horrible! A friend of mine who writes told me that he imagines every adverb is going to cost him £1.00. Sound advice. 3) Repeated sentences or phrases, however good they are the first time round, cloy the second, even in a long book. Of course, there are exceptions to all these. George Orwell wrote a very short treatise on public speaking, which also applies to writing: things like ‘Never use a foreign word where a word in your own language will do’,’ never use two or more syllables where one will do…’ etc. He finishes by saying ‘Break any or all the above rules rather than say/write something bombastic.’ Anyway, it’s worth looking up.   Perhaps another discussion aught to be When and How to Write a Bad Sentence. For instance, Charles Dickens often broke the very rule with which you open your article, with sentences such as ‘London.’ Just a noun, no verb, no predicate. Exactly the kind of thing that would make English teachers (who are so quick to prescribe Dickens for anyone’s reading list) have a blue fit. Nevertheless, it worked. But I leave you with this thought (and a bad sentence, because it begins with the word ‘But’):  If you’re a really good storyteller, the reader shouldn’t even be aware that they’re reading, let alone notice your style. Your writing should become an effortless flow of images in the reader’s mind. That’s my opinion, anyway. Bye for now,Lorenzo

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    • Dear Lorenzo,
      Thank you for writing. My goodness, you are so good with this writing. Amazing analyses. You’re right. Most readers don’t notice our styles, if we write well.

      Good luck with your publication goals.

      Never Give Up
      Joan

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      • Dear Joan,
        Thank you so much for your encouragement! I just wish I could find a publisher who thought the way you do! Or maybe it’s just a question of what a publisher thinks he/she can sell, irrespective of the quality of writing. That might sound like sour grapes, but it’s not. What I’m saying is that one has to find the winning formula, and thanks to you and Pubsubbers generally, I’m still digging!
        Loads of love
        Lorenzo

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        • Dear Lorenzo,
          Thanks for writing. You’re welcome for the encouragement. You’re right. When a publisher sees it, he not only thinks about the writing but will the story sell. We all keep looking for the right combination! Proud of you for continuing to write and submit your work and for sharing your ideas with me here on my blog with the Pub Subbers Yahoo group.

          Never Give Up
          Joan

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