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"When in doubt, have two guys come through the doors with guns."
- Raymond Chandler

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chris wrote:
"When in doubt, have two guys come through the doors with guns."
- Raymond Chandler


Speaking of Raymond Chandler, I read a book which is very similar to his books called Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg. Its like Raymond Chandler mixed with Stephen King, they made a movie out of it with Micky Rourke and Robert De Niro called Angel Heart. Back on topic, good quote!

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This one time, at band camp... Twisted Evil

Poofiemus wrote:

There was a NaNoWriMo dare last year that went something along the lines:
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Start your novel with the line, "Where the hell are my pants?"
Bonus points if you start it with the line, "Where the hell are your pants?"


I think there was more to the dare, but that's all I remember.


How about:
I briefly came out of my blackout & realized I was standing in the doorway
talking to the cops & wondered where the hell my pants were... Shocked

That's not a line from a book, that's a true story- unfortunately, mine... Sad

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This is one of the optional first lines of my book:

Where's my fucking husband?
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You could check out entries for the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest -- a contest to compose the worst opening sentence for a novel.

2007's winner:
"Gerald began -- but was interrupted by a piercing whistle which cost him ten percent of his hearing permanently, as it did everyone else in a ten-mile radius of the eruption, not that it mattered much because for them 'permanently' meant the next ten minutes or so until buried by searing lava or suffocated by choking ash -- to pee."
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zendao42 wrote:


How about:
I briefly came out of my blackout & realized I was standing in the doorway
talking to the cops & wondered where the hell my pants were... Shocked

That's not a line from a book, that's a true story- unfortunately, mine... Sad


chris wrote:

"When in doubt, have two guys come through the doors with guns."
- Raymond Chandler


Omigod, someone needs to put the two of these together! It'd be one of the most awesome openings EVER.
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