Friday, 10 June 2011

Opening lines - learning from others

Last week I spent a couple of hours surfing the shelves of my local Waterstones reading the first paragraphs of novels on the tables and in the shelves marked "winners". I came away with the feeling that opening lines of a novel must be a very personal thing between the reader and the writer. When I found myself unwittingly on page two then I knew that something was sticking me to the book. Other times I didn't even bother to finish the paragraph and this is probably more a reflection of my tastes than the ability of the writer.

If you fancy checking out first lines without the hassle of lurking amongst the bookshelves then go here for the best 100 lines...

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Writing about facial expressions and emotions

An entire emotion can be expressed in one lifted eyebrow and in the hard, descending lines at the corner of a child's mouth.  If you're looking for ideas or detail on the facial tweaks by emotion then this poster is a good start.