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Pick The Best Sentences In Your Favorite Books (and try to match the quality)

What makes a standout sentence to you? Studying works you love can help you focus on writing great sentences that make an impact on your story and your readers.
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Juxtapositions Can Make Great Sentences

A great way to transmit interesting ideas is through the contrast of two very different things, i.e. a juxtaposition. Contrast is one of the most powerful elements in storytelling and works just as well in a single sentence.

Don’t Get Caught Up In The “Cult of the First Sentence”

There’s this cult of the opening sentence, as if crafting a perfect first line is the key to writing a best-selling novel. Here's my take: it isn't.
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A Stellar Book Opening… It’s Not About The Weather

“Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people." —Elmore Leonard
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Read, Study, And Learn From Free Book Samples

Browsing book samples refines your knowledge and can give you a way to measure your own writing. How does your book's opening compare to the classics?
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Does Your Writing Pass The “Slow Read” Test?

Do a slow read of your writing. Have you chosen your words well? Is your mind jumping ahead because the text is perfected or because you could cut it and lose nothing? If you don't want to read those words, will anyone else?
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The Isolated Sentence Test

Open a book you love to a random page and read one sentence. Can you hear the author's voice? Does it evoke an emotion? Does it draw you in? Now open your own work. How does it fare?

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