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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Writing prompt: something borrowed, something blue

Anyone else a huge fan of A Wrinkle in Time? The opening line of the book is ‘It was a dark and stormy night’, which might sound pretty familiar to anyone who’s told a ghost story. This line is originally from a novel called Paul Clifford which was written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton way back in 1830, but has become everyone’s favourite opener for spooky stories.

We all have our favourite lines from beloved stories. Wouldn’t it be great to borrow one for the afternoon? Well, here’s your chance! For this week’s writing prompt, think about the BEST line you’ve ever read— it could be an opening line, a great bit of dialogue, or maybe even the very last line of your favourite book. Take that line and use it as the beginning of a brand new piece of work. You could write some fan-fiction using the characters from the story where you got your line, or you could create something entirely new!

Here are a few of my favourites:

  • ‘You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if only you dared.’ From Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
  • ‘Once you’ve seen how broken someone is it’s like seeing them naked—you can’t look at them the same anymore.’ From The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • ‘My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break’ The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.

And if you’d like to, please share your work with us! We’d love to read some more amazing, fresh stories!

Happy writing!

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