Great opening paragraph 22… ‘The Collector’ #amwriting #FirstPara

“When she was home from her boarding-school I used to see her almost every day sometimes, because their house was right opposite the Town Hall Annexe. She and her younger sister used to go in and out a lot, often with young men, which of course I didn’t like. When I had a free moment from the files and ledgers I stood by the window and used to look down over the road over the frosting and sometimes I’d see her. In the evening I marked it in my observations diary, at first with X, and then when I knew
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Great opening paragraph 21 ‘Freedom’ #amwriting #FirstPara

“The news about Walter Berglund wasn’t picked up locally – he and Patty had moved away to Washington two years earlier and meant nothing to St Paul now – but the urban gentry of Ramsey Hill were not so loyal to their city as not to read The New York Times. According to a long and very unflattering story in the Times, Walter had made quite a mess of his professional life out there in the nation’s capital. His old neighbours had some difficulty reconciling the quotes about him in the Times [“arrogant,” “high-handed,” “ethically compromised”] with the generous, smiling,
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I agree with Jeanette Winterson…

Jeanette Winterson “I never think: ‘I’m not at work now, so I’ll relax.’ For me, there’s no distinction. Work is the most absorbing thing in my life. Why would I want to switch off?” [excerpt ‘A Life in the Day: Sunday Times Magazine’ May 5, 2013] I’m with her there. I have always earned my living by writing, but writing is who I am not what I do. Stories have been the centre of my life since I first was able to read, the magical moment was when I realised I could make-up my own. Now the writing switch is
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Reading for research – Forgotten Voices

Coffee at Costa today, not tea. A medium soya wet latte with an extra shot. My regular morning drink which the staff know by heart. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.  I picked up a great book in the British Heart Foundation shop. Forgotten Voices of the Blitz and the Battle of Britain by Joshua Levine, in association with the Imperial War Museum. It is a compilation of oral and written memories and, like the other book I’ve just finished reading Young Voices: British Children Remember the Second World War by Lyn Smith, the voices of real people vividly bring
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I can’t write without…checking my emails

… checking my emails and updating my blogs first. Then I start writing. I know lots of other writers say they find doing emails distracting, but for me I need to get them out of the way before I feel free to write. I write every day, that’s the discipline of journalism deep in my bones. Each to his own. And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: I can’t write without… checking my emails first #amwriting http://wp.me/p5gEM4-hg via @SandraDanby
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Great opening paragraph 20… ‘Notes on a Scandal’ #amwriting #FirstPara

“1 March 1998. The other night at dinner, Sheba talked about the first time that she and the Connolly boy kissed. I had heard most of it before, of course, there being few aspects of the Connolly business that Sheba has not described to me several times over. But this time round, something new came up. I happened to ask her if anything about the first embrace had surprised her. She laughed. Yes, the smell of the whole thing had been surprising, she said. She hadn’t anticipated his personal odour and if she had, she would probably have guessed at
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I agree with… Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin “Today my studio is calling me. The paintings are all really happy and the paint wants to be used. It’s all spangly and exciting. There’s almost nothing that I hate, or nothing that depresses me. This is a state of mind that is created by what I make, not the other way around. To know that I will be spending the rest of my life being controlled by my own creative output is exhausting. It’s not a job, and if it were a job I would just do it, I would just get up and do it.” [excerpt
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I can’t write without… a cup of Yorkshire tea

… a cup of Taylors’ Yorkshire Tea It gets me started in the morning, gives me a reason for a screen-break mid-morning, after lunch, mid-afternoon screen-break, and various other times throughout the day when I have absolutely no other excuse to leave my computer than to say I WANT a cup of tea. And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: I can’t write without… a cup of Yorkshire tea, lots of cups of tea #amwriting http://wp.me/p5gEM4-hm via @SandraDanby
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Great opening paragraph 19… ‘Catch-22’ #amwriting #FirstPara

“It was love at first sight. The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love with him.” ‘Catch-22’ by Joseph Heller  Amazon Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:- ‘Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’ by Haruki Murakami ‘The Philosopher’s Pupil’ by Iris Murdoch ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: A #FirstPara which makes me want to read more: CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller #amwriting http://wp.me/p5gEM4-fc via @SandraDanby
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If books were real, Jamie Fraser…

Jamie Fraser …would be First Minster of an independent Scotland and still be happily married to Claire into their 80s [and he might look like Gerard Butler].     ‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldon, #1 Outlander [UK: Arrow] How would other fictional characters behave, if they were real? Torak in ‘Wolf Brother’ Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit’ Sarah Burton in ‘South Riding’ And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: If #books were real, Jamie Fraser be Scottish First Minister: CROSS STITCH by @Writer_DG via @SandraDanby  http://wp.me/p5gEM4-hX    
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