As I mentioned two posts back, I read a ‘writing book’ that was all about focusing on your sentences. One of the fantastic things about this, was the inspiration to pull some of my favourite authors off the shelf, and take a peek at how they structure their sentences.
Mind you, I probably didn’t need to open all the books – I have a pretty good sense of how most of them are written – but it was interesting to do it as an exercise. And it led to a lot of unintentional re-reading!
There were books that I didn’t have much of a sense of the sentence types used or the variety.
One was Fight Club which sticks in my memory as being very conversational in style, so it was interesting to see the way that worked. Lots of short sentences.
The other was Soulless, which I knew had a mock Victorian style and was quite funny, but I was surprised to see how simple the sentences were.
I did have a pretty good sense of Austen’s sentences, but I was surprised at how little variation there was in structure.
All-in-all it made for a fun afternoon of revisiting books!