The discharge can take many forms and often produces startling outcomes, such as when Christine Schutt, in hotel giant 2 crack The Summer after Barbara Claffey, is seeking the inevitable adjective to insert into the final slot in the sentence Here is the house at night, lit up tall.
You can even divide a sentence into two or more acoustical zones and let a single vowel prevail in each zone.I liked seeing words on parade on the pages, but I never got in step with them, I never entered into the processions.So many of the sentences we confront in books and magazines look unfinished and provisional, and start to go to pieces as soon as we gawk at and stare into them.At Lonely Planet we live for travel and we only recommend tour operators we'd choose for ourselves.Each year they come up with hundreds of places that are buzzing right now, offer new things for travellers to see or do, or are criminally overlooked and underrated.Or rescue an ordinary, overtasked verb from its usual drab business and find a fresh, bright, and startling context for it, as Don DeLillo manages with speaks in You will hit traffic that speaks in quarter inches and as Barry Hannah does with the almost.At the opposite extreme, give force to your sentences by stationing the subject at the very beginning instead of delaying the subject until an introductory phrase or a dependent clause has first had its dribbling say.This was when I started gazing into sentence after sentence and began to discover that there was nothing arbitrary or unwitting or fluky about the shape any sentence had taken and the sound it was releasing into the world.That Dawn Raffel sentence, with its recurring b s and l s, illustrates another form of play available to any writer.Word got out about Jericoacoara a while ago, so this travellers beach paradise, with its water sports, capoeira classes and laidback vibe, is now everyones favourite secret.They were not something I could possess or store.Love at first bite: our unforgettable meals from the road.I grew up in a household where the only books were the telephone book and some coloring books.
Many fiction writers also skip the preambles, as Dawn Raffel does in her sentence She was born in December in Baraboo or thereaboutssmall, still, blue, a girl, and, by some trick of oxygen, alive.
Yet this opening flourish of the story not only has both sweep and circumference in its stated meaning, but it has a swing and a lilt to it as well.Such a fixation on the individual sentence might threaten the enclosive forces of the larger structure in which the sentences reside.These practices account in part for the bold poetry in some of todays most artistically provocative fiction.I am told that I had a friend at some point, and this friend often corrected my pronunciations, which tended to be overliteral, and deviant in their distribution of stresses.Northeast Brazil, dive into crystal-clear waters among rolling dunes.Words in this household were not often brought into play.
Yet the stretch of Brazils north coast between São Luís and Fortaleza is still something special.
Avail yourself of alliterationas long as it remains ungimmicky, unobtrusive, even subliminal.