The Love of Sentences

The study of words that rouse you.

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The great thinkers of all ages read daily to inspire, and wrote daily to exhale. This centuries-old devotion is celebrated in Annie Dillard's book the "Writing Life." Crone was built to enshrine this practice into your own life, so it's fitting we start here.
Dillard grew up in 1950s Pittsburg, the eldest of four daughters. At age 29, she rose to literary fame with her Pulitzer-Prize winning book, "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek."
Throughout her 50-year career, she's published poetry, memoirs, fiction, non-fiction, literary criticism, and advice. In her book, "The Writing Life" she honours literature's ability to elevate our words and existence.
Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? Can the writer isolate and vivify all in experience that most deeply engages our intellects and our hearts?
Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so we may feel again their majesty and power?
What do we ever know that is higher than that power which, from time to time, seizes our lives, and reveals us startlingly to ourselves as creatures set down here bewildered? Why does death so catch us by surprise, and why love?
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Readers read to be roused. When Crone creates a lesson, this Dillard quote is one of our top prompts. Use it now for your own writing. > Write as if you were dying [and] assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?

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