Rachel Neumeier

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How to write the perfect sentence

At The Guardian, this:  How to write the perfect sentence.


Here is my favorite passage from this essay:


A sentence is much more than its literal meaning. It is a living line of words where logic and lyric meet – a piece of both sense and sound, albeit the sound is only heard in the reader’s head. Rookie sentence-writers are often too busy worrying about the something they are trying to say and don’t worry enough about how that something looks and sounds. They look straight past the words into the meaning that they have strong-armed into them. They fasten on content and forget about form – forgetting that content and form are the same thing, that what a sentence says is the same as how it says it.

There’s a lot more I’d like to excerpt from this article. Too much. If you are interested at all in the feel of sentences and what creates that feel, click through and read the whole thing.

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