As novelists, we must create a big juicy story while still caretaking each sentence and each paragraph. Plot doesn’t sing without the right kind of language to convey it.
Do you ever fall in love with a sentence that’s buried somewhere, say, on page 112, and you wish you could have someone appreciate it right away? That’s what sparked this idea, which is more of an invitation than a standard blog post.
Please share a sentence (or two or three) that you’ve written in the past week. You can describe what’s happening at the moment, or just give us the sentence.
This is intended as a fun exercise, to share our voices with each other, to get insight into each other’s novels and to support each other. Feel free to comment on others’ work, but please remember that this community is not a critique group.
To kick it off, here are two sentences from my historical novel. Jean-Jacques, 9, and Henri, 8, are brothers, and their father is worrying about how they don’t seem suited to inherit the family workshop.
“They had no skill, his boys, save Henri’s fine calligraphing. But lettering meant little in the music business, and Jean-Jacques ruined one of every five of his brother’s tune sheets with too much paste.”
So please share a taste of your work! I look forward to reading your sentences.