Things learned from the Sentence Challenge

For forty days I wrote one sentence a day and posted it here. The only rules were to craft and edit a sentence until I liked it. It was simple, enjoyable and I learned some things:

  • When the writer is the only judge her creativity soars;
  • Procrastination guilt is greater when all that is required is one sentence;
  • Trimming the excess reveals many weaknesses in one’s writing;
  • A sentence can be written countless ways;
  • The writer is her own worst critic;
  • Word choice matters;
  • Adjectives are clunky;
  • ┬áStart simple. Don’t complicate first then edit to simplify. If you start simple you will notice your adjectives more (and will be more discerning in every way);
  • Commas are a crutch. When in doubt, leave it out;
  • One sentence can tell a story;
  • Good ideas start with a sentence;
  • Writing is more thrilling when the goal is to keep it short and simple;
  • A writer can improve her craft one sentence at a time.

Sentence Challenge – Day 40

Day 40

The leaf-covered path curved like liquid gold beneath the autumn canopy.

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and obsessively edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Sentence Challenge – Day 39

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and obsessively edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 39

The moon’s glow illuminated a dewy green hue across the valley.

Sentence Challenge – Day 37

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and obsessively edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 37

The veins in his arms swelled as he squeezed his fists and agonized over the difficult choice before him.

Sentence Challenge – Day 36

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and obsessively edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 36

The clutter left no space for loneliness.

Sentence Challenge – Day 34

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and obsessively edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 34

The crisp autumn air invigorated her senses and lifted her mood to the stars.

Sentence Challenge – Day 33

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and obsessively edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 33

Try as he might or give up as he would, the lesson he always took away was that it was his effort that mattered, not his intention.

Sentence Challenge – Day 32

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and obsessively edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 32

Time passed as it did, but never without a wish for things to be different.

Sentence Challenge – Day 31

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and obsessively edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 31

The green leaf waving from its fixed branch must turn yellow before it can tumble through the forest.

Sentence Challenge – Day 29

*My sentence challenge is simple. I craft, design and obsessively edit one sentence until I like it. The only rules are to write one in a given day and to like the finished product.

Day 29

Iced vodka cascaded down her chin and with it plunged her judgment.