Summary of “How to write the perfect sentence”

The sentence is our writing commons, the shared ground where all writers walk.
For James Baldwin, the only goal was “To write a sentence as clean as a bone”.
Some of this is true but none of it is a good way of learning how to write a sentence.
They fasten on content and forget about form – forgetting that content and form are the same thing, that what a sentence says is the same as how it says it.
Like every skilled writer Woolf starkly varies sentence length.
A good lesson for any writer: make each sentence worth reading, and something in it will lead the reader into the next one.
A decade ago the American writer Gary Lutz gave a lecture to Columbia University students titled “The sentence is a lonely place”.
Good writers write not just in sentences but with sentences.

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