Articles by Christopher R. Beha

August 30, 2012

The Marquise Went out at Five O’clock: On Making Sentences Do Something 37

When I find that a sentence I’m writing isn’t working, I don’t think about what I want that sentence to look like or to be; I don’t pull it from the page to weigh it in my hand; I don’t worry over its internal balance. I simply ask myself, ‘What do I need this sentence to do?’