Nothing halts my typing fingers faster than the words "sentence diagram." Sure, I diagrammed sentences ages ago when I was in school, but as an adult? Never.
Combing through my manuscript for the seventh time unearthed poor grammar choices, so when I came across the term "sentence diagram" in a magazine article, I figured I'd Google it.
Guess what showed up in a search? "Famous Novels' First Sentences Mapped: Infographic" created by Pop Chart Lab, shared by Colin Lecher via popsci.com. I loved reading the first lines of several famous novels in diagram form. Some are short, others long, but all made me smile.
Then I checked out the Basics of Reed-Kellogg diagrams via the University of Texas at Austin's website. Clear instructions. Straightforward. I decided I could handle diagramming a few sentences on my own.
But then I got lazy and wrote this blog post instead. Maybe I'll diagram a sentence or two of my novel, but I probably won't!
Do you shy away from exercises like diagramming sentences? Or do you jump right on the challenge?