In Kershner 36 I noticed this passage:
“‘You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination. Hold the philosophy, hold the adjectives, just give us a plain subject and verb and perhaps a wholesome, nonfattening adverb or two.’ -Larry McMurtry”
If only I had read this quote about eighteen years ago, my life as a writer up until this point would have been so much simpler. The hardest part about writing anything, in my opinion, is starting it out in an interesting, satisfying way. I can’t tell you how much trouble the first sentences of my essays have given you. The rest of the essay is smooth sailing once I get my first sentence down, but that is the one that troubles me the most.
I’m so glad to hear that my expectations have been set far too high. This is a really good analogy and I will definitely try to remember it later on in life when I’m struggling with the first sentence of my essays.
via Kershner 36.