Bad sentences can be good reading

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There’s been several wonderful posts lately on writing, all brief and generally constructive, but we would make a plea for authors to remember that creativity, self-expression, and leaving gaps for the reader to use his or her imagination is what carries a work from good to great.

Consider this sentence Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hinderances to the elevation of mankind.

This lovely triple-negative sentence is proof we needn’t always be perfect, to be brilliant.

  1. He didn’t choose a shocking subject. He got creative with the mundane.
  2. He didn’t use perfect grammar, yet he expressed himself perfectly.
  3. He didn’t name the luxuries and comfort of life. He left that to the reader’s imagination.
Published in: on August 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM  Leave a Comment  
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