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In honor of all things spooky, here is a Halloween-themed edition of Good Sentences.


—The Good Sentences Team 
1. Fiction: Cookie Jar by Stephen King (2016)

Favorite Sentence: "If the time-stop spreads to our world, boys, we’re doomed."

—Picked by Savannah Major, Class of 2022 (Favorite Scary Movie: Eli)

2. Poetry: The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (1845)

Favorite Sentence: "Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!"

—Picked by Mimra Aslaoui, Class of 2022 (Favorite Scary Movie: Rosemary's Baby)

3. Essay: Get Out is Thrilling, Terrifying, and Timely by Richard Lawson (2017)

Favorite Sentence: "Peele’s film is trenchant and riotous, bitter and bleak."

—Picked by Reese Hoggans, Class of 2022 (Favorite Scary Movie: Hocus Pocus)
Michigan Sentences: Here is an article about Gina Brandolino, who teaches a popular course in the English Department centered around horror fiction. 
Syllabus Sentences: Here is a resource I give students who are trying to figure out how to pinpoint the right level of specificity in their writing. 
Book Recommendations
Nuance Spotlight: Anne Rice

Here are a couple of Notes on Nuance moves we've learned in the past. Each appears in the novels of Anne Rice, who is one of the most popular authors of gothic fiction—or indeed any fiction—of all time. 
"Let Alone" (April 2020 Issue)
"From me she had learned the value of money, but from Lestat she had inherited a passion for spending it; and she wasn't to leave without the most luxurious black coach we could manage, outfitted with leather seats that might have accommodated a band of travellers, let alone a man and a child who used the magnificent compartment only for the transportation of an ornately carved oak chest."

—Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire (1976)

"If Not" (June 2019 Issue)
"The Vampire Lestat waited: there would be a finish if not an answer, not unlike the promise of death itself."

—Anne Rice, The Queen of the Damned (1976)
Additional Resources
Online Courses

Good with Words: Writing and Editing
Good with Words: Speaking and Presenting 

Good with Words: Writing and Editing
Good with Words: Speaking and Presenting 
Notes on Nuance                                                    
The Syntax of Sports: Class 1 
The Syntax of Sports: Class 2
Author Interview
This is Who We Are: Victor LaValle* by Amanda Breen (Columbia University: School of the Arts, 2021)

*Victor LaValle, who teaches fiction writing at Columbia, won the 2019 Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association for his short story "Up from Slavery."

Here's an excerpt from the interview.

"One of the most important things, he says, is to keep working, even if it’s only a few minutes here and there, even if it seems like no one is taking notice. 'The great thing I came to understand about routine was that it's the one thing that nobody controls but you. And it's the thing they can't take away from you. If you sit down and work for a half hour a day or five minutes a day or five minutes every three days, whatever life allows, building that repetition in is the one superpower you can give to yourself.'

LaValle ended with one last piece of advice to aspiring writers: 'If nobody immediately notices how good you are, I always tell this to students, it might be years, but if over those years you've built this ability to have routine, when they come to you and say this is long overdue but we want that book, you can be like "Oh I got that book, I got two more too,"' he laughs. 'And there's something very powerful about knowing I still created, regardless of what the world gives me, notices or doesn't. I created.'"

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