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Beginnings and Endings

On Monday’s on this blog, I’d like to hear from my readers (few and far between as they may be)! I was thinking that the beginning of the week is pretty blah. 270 more words

Young Adult Books

Shock, surprise and slice

‘Don’t forget that the last sentence in your essay is the one that the examiner reads before he awards you a mark!’ – the warning once given by a canny English teacher. 115 more words


The Importance of a Great First Impression

In essay writing, they call it the Hook. In fiction, we’ll call it the First Line.

Different names, but they serve the same purpose. This is the first piece of your story that the audience is going to read. 738 more words


First Lines

These are the first lines of the eight stories in Death Don’t Have No Mercy, my most recent book, out now from Broken River. I don’t know why I’m doing this. 243 more words

Column: 13 Lines Somebody's Sister Just Died

In the average paperback novel, the first page of the story consists of thirteen lines of text. Since I love beginnings, I thought it might be fun to dream up some drafts of first pages of novels. 249 more words


"It was the best of times..."

“It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, 102 more words



Good evening, Kathy. It’s Thursday.

Here is another installment of First Lines/Last Lines. This one is a match up of the # 10 sentences (shown in italics). 1,992 more words