Right Sentence: A New Year Resolution
Only a day to go and I will start over. Another year. Another set of writing resolutions: nonfiction manuscript to finish; dig through more research; get back to writing morning pages.
But an image has dogged me. A child in ringlets scraping a nib across a school copybook in a first attempt at joined up writing. Every letter, every word, every sentence laboriously built.
And I know that this should be my writing resolution: to craft and shape each sentence and make it as crisp and pure and strong as I possibly can.
Hemingway favoured short minimalist sentences with vigorous verbs. You can read about his 5 tips for writing well here.
So this is my simple writing resolution. To go and craft the best sentences I can. Easier said than done, you might say. Maybe you have advice on how to make great sentences?