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Monday, February 20, 2012

Perfect Prose

Have you ever noticed how some authors can leave you breathless with their elegant descriptive sentences? A good author will give us perfect ‘show not tell’ prose, leaving us in no doubt as to what they are trying to convey. So, I thought I’d share a few of my favourites with you today.

From: By the Light Of The Moon by Dean Koontz
Rather than being combed by a single wind, the night was plaited with many breezes, each with an individual quality of whispery speech and a unique scent.

From: Fear Nothing also by Dean Koontz
The pine needles stitched and elaborate dark embroidery on a wondrous purple-blue, late-afternoon sky bright with mystery...

From: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I sat like a Turk; and, having drawn the red moreen curtain nearly closed, I was shrined in double retirement.

From: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slyly down at Scrooge out of a Gothic window in the wall, became invisible, and struck the hour and quarters in the clouds, with tremulous vibrations afterwards; as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there.

Anyone else got favourites?
Carol x

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