Sentences Are the Thing by Susan Marlene February 23, 2021
Great quotes, memorable lines, intriguing dialogue—those are the stuff that influential and entertaining books and movies etc. are made from. How to create some of your own lines that will—sail tall ships or drive negativity away or accentuate beauty in a world that seeks out ugly—is alluring. Maybe necessary, if you want to write for a career.
We are going to briefly peruse the book 25 Great Sentences And How They Got That Way by Geraldine Woods. Here is a quote from the author from page XIV “My standards for judging a sentence start with this foundation: a good sentence communicates clearly and fulfills the author’s purpose, whatever that might be. The sentence should flow naturally and rest on a sturdy structure.”
A meagre glimpse at Part I (This book is packed with excellent examples and info! You will be wise to purchase your own copy, in my opinion!)
This is a sentence structure that may drive those with modern style (shorter sentences) a bit crazy—but there is hope. Let’s see what I mean…
leaves the reader wondering is it really over????
More examples and types of pockets are mentioned. Here I a fun activity at the end of the chapter.
Here are some sentences and I dare you to use the notes above to fill in the blanks. 😊
When using the same words but switching the order to include opposing ideas, one creates a crossed sentence. These sentences add spice and glitter to your writing. Use them for your most important point that you wish to drive home. To strengthen the main idea. Kennedy’s speech is filled with paired and opposing ideas which repeat and strengthen the listener/reader with vital choices. Read the examples on page 19 -20
Order for your words matters to the meaning—be careful! Pg 21
Crossed sentences define and compare with opposing ideas and playfulness with words.
Ex. Pg. 23 Ex. On pg. 27
Here is an activity for you to play with! I will read some word groups and you write a crossed sentence with one of them.
Activity on pg. 27 And make your template.
Movie Divergent -- It all works, everyone knows where they belong, except for me.
-- The future belongs to those who know where they belong.
An Avenger movie -- Time for me to be who I am, not who I’m supposed to be.
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