I was talking to Katharine about flow and sentence combining today.
Her take on the writing process:
- First combine as many sentences as you can.
- Then go back and un-combine the ones that need uncombining.
This reminds me of Marilyn Monroe’s principle for getting ready to go out.
Here’s how I remember it.
- Get dressed.
- Stand backwards in front of a full-length mirror.
- Turn around fast, glance at your reflection, and take off the first piece of jewelry that catches your eye, because that’s the piece that’s too much.