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Spellbinding Sentences by Barbara Baig

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Chapter 11

Elaborating the Basic Sentence

If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge.

—Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

While mastery of sentence kernels is an essential writing skill, limiting your sentence-making to kernels alone will probably bore both you and your readers. If you imagine that creating a basic kernel sentence structure is like building a small, plain house, then elaborating that structure is like adding details and decoration to that house. The kernel sentence, just like the unadorned house, does the essential work it needs to do; the act of adding details and decoration, to either sentence structure or house structure, ...

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