As a frequently published freelance op-ed writer, I've become a pretty sharp analyst of prose style. I think I've figured out the techniques that keep a reader reading and make him or her perk up and say, Hey, that was damn good! In fact, I recently had a little book published that focuses on ways to make your writing stand out. It's primarily about sentence-making. It's about how to avoid writing bland sentences and how to give your sentences power and depth. But, of course, first you've got to have something worthwhile saying. When I read a string of sentences by John Updike I just about jump out of my chair. That's the kind of effect a writer with real command of his sentence-making can have on a reader.