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Spellbinding Sentences by Barbara Baig

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Chapter 3

The Basic Sentence Craft Practices

Art begins with craft, and there is no art until craft has been mastered.

—Anthony Burgess

Practicing with our “content mind” is great fun, and without well-developed content skills, such as imagination and curiosity, we can't come up with ideas and material for pieces of writing. From here on, though, we’re going to set aside all consideration of content and focus entirely on language. We'll follow the lead of coaches in sports and music, and concentrate only on one set of skills: those needed to develop our “word mind.” In this chapter I introduce you to some basic practices, beginning with one that will reacquaint you with your word mind.

Basic Practice #1: Waking Up the Word Mind

Begin with freewriting, ...

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