Thoughts from Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

“Meanwhile, again because of a word choice, the final sentence is already alluding to those questions of conscience, morality, the spirit and soul that will reveal themselves as being at the heart of O’Connor’s story.” -Francine Prose -‘Reading Like a Writer’

Francine speaks of a line from Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”.  I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did.  Some writers find that reading can enrich their experience while others find it a deterrence that hinders them. What is your opinion? Can you remember a sentence that inspired you? From simple, “A chill went through her.” George R.R. Martin to fear inducing, “The terror he’d felt as the grunting, snuffling thing approached.” Stephen King, a sentence can change a book. A sentence can hold our hand so we float through a story with ease. The sentences used in this blog were chosen at random and yet they are pivotal. One last sentence to leave you with, “He was staring straight at her, but his eyes were unseeing, and as the door opened, he made no move to get in, as if he were paralyzed.” Candace Bushnell.


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