Your almost perfect sentence

James Agee (1909-1955)

“We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself as a child.”

That opening sentence by James Agee is almost perfect in its shape, lilt and sensual appeal. I loved it the first time I read it, almost a half-century ago, and have never forgotten it.

It makes us appreciate the author, the publisher and the discovery. Being rich in the all-important qualities of relevance, proof and value, it’s a gift that will help any thoughtful reader feel a little better.

You have it in you to write a sentence almost as memorable. You know you do. With a little polishing, your random thoughts or observations from years ago could be almost that good.

So what are you going to do about it?

First, go back and reread that sentence, out loud this time, as if you’re singing it in a song. Then get your internal antennae up. The next time something with real potential pops into your mind, play with it and write it down and share it.

Your readers, friends or customers will see you in a whole new light.

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