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10 Great Opening Lines from Novels

archivum--old-library-1170825-mThe opening line is an important part of the novel. Though a novel is much more than the opening line – just like a house is much more than the gate – yet it can be a crucial factor in making the reader decide to go ahead and read the book. Stephen King says, “an opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.

Here, I have compiled a list of 10 great opening lines from novels, in no particular order, along with my reasons for liking them.

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The Right Age to Write

old-typewriter-wanderer-continental-2-871392-mHave you ever wondered what is the best age to write that book which will make you famous all over the world. Should you write it when you are young and reckless, or should you wait till time has got a chance to work its magic upon you and you have learnt your lessons from the hard task master that time is.

G. B. Shaw famously said  that we learn from history that we learn nothing from history. Yet, history is an important tool to learn some lessons which otherwise we may never learn. So, I decided to have a look at the past to find out how old some famous writers were when they wrote one of their most acclaimed works.

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Where I Disagree with Stephen King!

imagesRecently, I was reading Stephen King’s book, On Writing (a book you must read, if you haven’t), and I came across this interesting comment:

 “… while it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work , dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one.”

I was surprised on reading this, because most of my life I have believed that with hard work and dedication anything can be achieved. So, why should it be impossible to become a great writer, even if you are a bad one today, or even if you are not a writer at all?

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Ten Great Quotes for Writers!

1406476_blank_metal_plaque_5Quotes have always been around, but in the age of Twitter and Facebook, they have become ubiquitous. Over the past couple of years, I am sure you must have come across many great quotes too – shared by your friends on Twitter or posted by them on Facebook.

Here is a list of ten great quotes about writing that I have come across over the years. I hope you like them as much as I do.

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Who Decides What You Write?

557104_writing_block_1The answer to the question seems pretty straightforward – You decide what you write. No?

After discussions with friends and fellow bloggers, however, I have found out that things are not that simple.

When we start writing, we write what we want to write, but for most of us that time doesn’t last long. Today, with so many outlets for our creative energies, it is not too difficult to run out of creative steam. What happens then?

The Internet has made it possible for our words reach the farthest corner (maybe not the farthest, but  you get the point, don’t you?) of the world within no time. Simultaneously, the Internet has also made it possible for anyone who reads us to give you feedback in real time.

 Is that good for us, as writers?

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