"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!