There’s a weekly meme over at Booking Through Thursday which is usually based on reading, but this week, it was geared toward writing, so I thought I’d chime in here. Everybody (meaning you) is free to play along–all you need to do is post an answer on your blog and then head over to BTT and leave a comment so the other participants can find you.
Anyway, here’s mine:
- Pick up the nearest book. (I’m sure you must have one nearby.)
- Turn to page 123.
- What is the first sentence on the page?
- The last sentence on the page?
- Now . . . connect them together….
(And no, you may not transcribe the entire page of the book–that’s cheating!)
My nearest book is The Snake, the Crocodile & the Dog by Elizabeth Peters.
Howard arrived in time to see the end of this performance.
“Bravo!” he called as the band began to play the performers off the stage. “That looked wonderful, I can’t believe I missed it.”
“Waylaid by thieves, no doubt?” I inquired gently, inquisitively raising one eyebrow.
“Of a surity. Definite thieves. I barely escaped with my life.”
“Yet you managed to escape with your theater ticket intact. How very fortunate. Were there many of them, to detain you through the entire first act?”
“But you managed to save your wrist watch, your cufflinks, and the flower in your lapel. Are you quite certain there were more than one?”
“The plural, decidedly,” said Howard.
This was fun!
(And, actually, I was going to use the writing book I had sitting nearby and come up with something closer to this blog’s “theme,” but the two sentences, “It’s risky, what you’re doing,” and “If you’re not interested, you can be sure your reader will feel like tearing her hair out–if not yours.” But tying those two sentences together sure sounded like they were a succinct summation of my post from yesterday, so … I went with the fiction instead!)