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Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“On the pleasant shore of the French Riviera, about half way between Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud, rose-colored hotel.”


How does you start a novel rightly?

Any story, really. Start with the obvious:

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.”

Firstly, why isn’t it two (long’s) or one far? 2,509 more words



For me, the beginning of a book is always the most difficult to write. The first pages are important and require a huge amount of planning and attention. 467 more words


In Sunlight and In Shadow, First Words

Every once in a while a book comes along that enchants you from the very first line. I picked up In Sunlight and In Shadow… 240 more words

Book Reviews

First Lines

1. Each drum of her perfectly manicured fingernails seemed to slice angrily through my skull.

2. The coil of smoke twisted into her bedroom and seeped into her lungs as she snored. 65 more words

First Lines

Blank pages and Opening Lines

Written by: Anna Rider

Your brain is teeming with ideas, fit to burst at any moment. You rush to your computer, barely able to contain your excitement, ready to turn those concepts into a story of vivid color, breathe life into the perfectly-imperfect characters that have taken precedence inside your mind. 526 more words

The Craft

First Lines - September 2014

September is just around the corner and so is our first edition! Here are some sneak-peek first lines to get the curiosity flowing! Next week we’ll give some fifth lines  and then some tenth lines and then last lines and then….The magazine will be out and you can read ALL the lines! 100 more words