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Match Play is a golf/suspense novel. Dust of Autumn is a bloody one set in upstate New York. Prairie View is set in South Dakota, with a final scene atop Rattlesnake Butte. Life in the Arbor is a children's book about Rollie Rabbit and his friends (on about a fourth grade level). The Black Widow involves an elaborate extortion scheme. Doggy-Dog World is my memoir. And ES3 is a description of my method for examining English sentence structure.
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My newest novel, Happy Valley, can be found here.

Wednesday, September 7

ES3 Again

Here are a few more examples of my system for showing sentence structure.


I never intended for my system to ask students to write to predetermined patterns. That would be silly. But if they're able to see what makes good writing tick, they can more easily emulate that writing. With this system, I can untangle even the longest of Faulknerian sentences, showing all the little hidden nooks and crannies Faulkner so loved to insert. If you don't believe me, find the most complicated sentence you can find, send it to me, and I'll show you what the pattern is. At least, I hope I can. (That's called hedging one's bets.)

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