Sentence combining & Marilyn Monroe

I was talking to Katharine about flow and sentence combining today.

Her take on the writing process:

  1. First combine as many sentences as you can.
  2. 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.

  1. Get ready.
  2. Stand backwards in front of a full-length mirror.
  3. Turn around fast and take off the first piece of jewelry that catches your eye, because that’s the piece that’s too much.