Quote of the Week: Sentence by Sentence


Usually I’m going sentence by sentence, word by word, and then some sentence will have a quality that is unexpected to me. It can even be a really flat-footed sentence, but it frees up the preconceived mood that I have and opens the story to some other kind of language. You couldn’t prove to anybody that it’s a pivotal sentence, but in that moment you suspect it is, and so you’re very anxious to see what you place after that.

Ann Beattie, from a Paris Review interview