First Sentences on Instagram

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A little while back I published a blog post titled Writing First Sentences. The piece was in part inspired by a series I have been posting to Instagram of photos of books tagged as #bookcovers and #firstsentences. In the post, I commented on the cliche “you should never judge a book by its cover”, admitting that in some cases, like Dog on It by Spencer Quinn, I loved the cover AND loved the book. But for me, the best gauge of whether I’ll enjoy a work of fiction or nonfiction is to read the first sentences. Continue ReadingFirst Sentences on Instagram

Writing First Sentences

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To help overcome writer’s block and make a start on writing the first sentences of A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway is said to have reminded himself: “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” Continue ReadingWriting First Sentences