“A ‘perfect’ sentence, if there is such a thing, ought to be both vivid and mysterious, lucid and unpredictable. Whether it shakes out like a bedsheet or rumbles like a locomotive, its cadence ought to reverberate in the mind’s ear with an unavoidable rhythm. Whether its images are designed to kiss the reader or spit in the reader’s face, they must be as fresh as new violets down by the hog creek, and they should be psychically charged. The sentence’s philosophical and psychological meaning ought to spread in ever widening ripples like an echo circle. And, ideally, when the subject meets the verb, the verb ought to yell out, “Surprise!” I don’t know if I’ve ever written a perfect sentence. It doesn’t matter. It’s the pursuit of the perfect sentence that’s the reward.”
This wild ride of a paragraph was unearthed by the unstoppable Dale Kirby, Editor of The AFTRLife, a site devoted to best-selling author, Tom Robbins.
Whenever I read Robbins, I feel as though I’ve been shot full of inspiration. I come away with a new point of view. He not only shakes me up, he shakes up my writing. Any other Robbins fans out there? I look forward to comments.
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