SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING, by Verlyn Klinkenborg, is the best book on writing I've read in many years. A taste:
Sometimes you know just what you want to say, and you find the words to say exactly that. But just as often what you want to say emerges as the sentence takes shape. The thought isn’t primary or absolute. The thought is only a hint. Language offers guidance and resistance both. The sentence becomes the thought by bringing it fully into being. We assume that thought shapes the sentence. But thought and sentence are always a collaboration. The sum of what can be said and what you’re trying to say.
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