The journey of a million miles begins with a single step. The full bucket begins with one small drop. The beach begins with a grain of sand. The book begins with a sentence.
Sentences are the building blocks of stories, epics, manuals, songs, plays, novels, etc. etc. etc., but when was the last time you examined one of your sentences with a crucial, perceptive eye to detail?
I am watching a series of lectures on DVD (also available in audio format) by Professor Brooks Landon called Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft. He is an entertaining wealth of information, and I'm learning boatloads of new things every day! Professor Landon covers such intriguing subjects as narrative style, figurative language, hidden propositions, density, and the techniques of the masters. You can tell that he is passionate about his subject.
If you're in the market for learning something to revolutionize the way you look at the foundations of writing, you might want to check this one out!