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From a dark, cavernous place

August 14, 2012

This is lovely stuff. A fine piece by Verlyn Klinkenborg of the New York Times,  published on August 13, 2012, from the always entertaining Draft, a series about the art and craft of writing.

It’s all in your head.

Where do sentences come from?
by Verlyn Klinkenborg

Sift the debris of a young writer’s education, and you find dreadful things — strictures, prohibitions, dos, don’ts, an unnatural and nearly neurotic obsession with style, argument and transition. Yet in that debris you find no traces of a fundamental question: where do sentences come from? This is a philosophical question, as valuable in the asking as in the answering. But it’s a practical question, too. Think about it long enough, and you begin to realize that many, if not most, of the things we believe about writing are false. (read more here)

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