The Value of Boring Sentences

Some more dry (but useful?) thoughts on craft

When I was a young writer, I was determined to make every sentence wild. I’d taken to heart everything my professors said about “making it new” and “the elegant variation” and “literary style.” I wanted each line to be an explosion, each paragraph a fireworks display. But mostly, perhaps, I didn’t want to be lazy. I had the idea that simple, straightfor…

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