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Let's Talk About... Last Lines


"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Fitzgerald had a gift for writing gorgeous last lines, a task many writers find challenging. What does an author say just before she drops the curtain and ends the play? The last few lines are meant to round out a story, reveal a final twist, send the reader back into the real world with a happy smile or a broken heart. Bland and lifeless endings are so disappointing, but great last lines stay with you forever.

Readers and writers, how important are last lines? Do they affect your memory of the piece? What are some of your favorite last lines? (Post them here and we'll see who can guess the most!)

Writers, are first lines or last lines more difficult to write? What are your favorite last lines from your stories?

Think you're good at last lines? See if you can guess these...
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Thanks to summerborn who suggested this topic!
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You know, my favorite last line (that I've ever written) was, "And his eyes were green." I did it under an old name, and it was one of my earlier fics, so I had a lot to learn about writing, but I still like the structure of that fic, and how the last line tied everything together. Oh, yeah. Good times. *g*
Link, please oh please? I meant to ask you about old names--hear you have quite a few? I'm hilariously behind on reading, this semester has not started well, but must catch up! :)
I warn you, it was kind of cheesy! Green, How I Want You Green, and that's the only other LJ name I've used...wait! Lies! I used tangle_foot too. *g* Though a friend collaborated with me on most of that, there was one original story, back when I was scared to 'come out' with a non-con fic.
I find first lines most difficult by a long shot, mainly because a good deal of the time I know where I want to end when I've come up with the idea for the fic. It's getting there that's the bulk of the adventure of writing for me.
The end of your fic about Trelawney, the owl, and Snape was awesome! Trying not to spoil it here, but did you play around with ending with the full name, instead of initials? Don't know why, but the initials made it funnier. Maybe because we all use them so often? :)
Heh. Oh, I definitely wanted to go with the initials. After all, a Slytherin doesn't like to give away all of the information. Just enough to let people know "there's more out there that I know and you don't. Nyah!" ;)

Glad to hear you liked that story. Woo!
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