The problem with the Sentence


A couple of days ago I thought I saw something strange. But then I was completely not in my head due to being sick. I am talking barely can breathe, mack truck parked on my head sick.
But after I started getting better I revisited it and was surprised.  Here was a person talking on the importance of a sentence.  The idea that they went to a writing course and put up with the teacher stating how you must write, rewrite, and then do it all again in order to get that perfect sentence.
There was also the idea that so much effort must be put into a single sentence in order to be a writer. Now I am not calling this complete bullshit, but in a sense it is mostly bullshit. I would say a good 89% no 95% bullshit. Yes a good 95% bullshit.

The reason for my stating it so is simple. If you spend so much of your writing time focused on a single sentence trying to get it do right, then you will never write anything. Writing a novel and finishing it requires that you write the story, get the story right. If a single sentence is able to hold you up from writing the story then you are missing the forest for the trees.

Yes a good sentence is hard to come by, but a great story can be prevented in pursuit of that perfect prepositional phrase, comma or even that hyphen which would cause the right amount of time to pass in the readers mind.

Don’t fall into the writers block trap of caring about a single sentence when your whole story is what matters. A single sentence, a solitary word can be fixed in the re-write post editing.

Jin Okubo

 

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4 thoughts on “The problem with the Sentence

  1. “Perfect is the enemy of good enough” I’ve been telling programmers that for years. Labor king to get one section of code perfect while thousands of sections remain unwritten. I never thought about it in this context. Good post!

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