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Paul Mayer
Oh get out of it Melvin, before it pulls you under!

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From: Albuquerque, NM
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 - posted 03-22-2017 03:44 PM      Profile for Paul Mayer   Author's Homepage   Email Paul Mayer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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Adding "And Then The Murders Began" As The Second Sentence Of Any Book Makes It Instantly Better

By @Alfie Powell

Starting off a new book is no mean feat. Some people recommend you something that you might want to read and usually say the same thing every time, “it starts off a bit slow but it gets so good. Trust me”. But who wants to start a book boringly?

It would be handy if there was a handy little way to make a book’s intro immediately interesting. And hey, you know what? There is!

Marc Laidlaw came up with a very efficient way to make sure every book is a good one using just one sentence…

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Marc Laidlaw @marc_laidlaw
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The first line of almost any story can be improved by making sure the second line is, "And then the murders began."
10:37 PM - 2 Mar 2017
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Genius. But does it work?

Elizabeth Meg @Scranshums
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One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. And then the murders began.
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4:15 AM - 3 Mar 2017
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Neil Gaiman ✔ @neilhimself
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No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine. And then the murders began.
3:17 AM - 3 Mar 2017
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Darryl Daugherty @DarrylDaugherty
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He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone 84 days without taking a fish. And then the murders began.
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2:26 AM - 3 Mar 2017
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Kyle Treasure @KyleTreasure
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Mr & Mrs Dursley, of number 4, Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. And then the murders began.
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9:39 AM - 3 Mar 2017
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Damon Young @damonayoung
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“I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh. And then the murders began.
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4:42 AM - 3 Mar 2017
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It also works for the Bible. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And then the murders began."

So yeah, it does work.


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Jim Cassedy
Phenomenal Film Handler

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And the first sentence is:

"It was a dark and stormy night...."

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Martin McCaffery
Film God

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"Call me Ishmael.
And then the murders began."

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Bill Brandenstein
Master Film Handler

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First Witch
When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Second Witch
When the hurlyburly's done,
When the battle's lost and won.

Third Witch
That will be ere the set of sun.

First Witch
Where the place?

Second Witch
Upon the heath.

Third Witch
There to meet with Macbeth.

First Witch
Then the murders shalt beginneth.

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