Most Important Word…

… at the end of the sentence.

It doesn’t matter how many times you hear this one, it never hurts to hear it again. And, here’s a hell of an example:

“I just pointed my rifle at him … and let him have the big one right through the third button on his shirt. If he ever figured to sew that particular button on again he was going to have to scrape it off his backbone.”
Louis L’Amour



Filed under Rewriting, Screenwriting

2 responses to “Most Important Word…

  1. Sil

    You didn’t say WHAT we hear many times! You just said here’s an example. OF WHAT!!!

    To put … where it is in the your example or to NOT put it there.

    You are a writer and you’re not being clear.

    • yourscreenplaysucks

      Many times you hear to put the most important word at the end of the sentence. The most important word in the Louis L’Amour sentence is “backbone.” It’s got the punch, the power, and if the word order is rearranged, it doens’t have the oomph.

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