For those of you who don't know, nearly every Sunday for the last few months I have participated in a blog tour, of sorts, called Six Sentence Sunday. Each week, on a Tuesday through Thursday, a group of authors (all welcome) sign up their blogs to participate in Six Sentence Sunday. For more information on that sign up, please go here. There are very few rules except that every Sunday by Nine AM, EST, the blogs must be up with Six Sentences from a work of the writer's choosing. Sometimes people put up works in progress, sometimes people put up recently published books, or old books, or whatever. But six sentences appear and over the course of the day, people arrive, read your six sentences, and comment.
At first, I had a hard time limiting myself to just six sentences. Its hard. We're writers who are trying to sell work. We like people to read our stuff. Just six sentences? When my whole first ten pages are so wonderful? (I'm joking but you get the idea.) But then, over the course of several weeks as I participated I found that I was actually becoming a better writer for having done the blog hop every weekend.
Because six little sentences really DO matter. And if we concentrate really hard on making every little sentence in our work really good--so good that we could randomly pick out six sentences to show for critique--then we are going to become better writers. At least, I think that is what has happened to me.
I was working on my work in progress today and I found myself stopping on every paragraph to consider whether or not it would work as this weeks six sentence sunday entry. If it would, then I knew I had done well.
So, thank you Sara and thank you Six Sentence Sunday because I really think it worked for me, without my even being aware of it for a long time.