Anyway, for the rest of that day after I read his post, I couldn't help hear the song Bell Bottom Blues in my head. (One of my most favorite songs. Recorded in 1971 - shows you how old I am.) There is a line in that song --
Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back
That everytime I hear it, I think, "That is the best line EVAH!" Sends goosebumps up my spine. Listen to him sing it. Sheer heartbreak. Anguish. All that fun stuff a romance writer loves.
This in turn, brought me to thinking about great lines in books. Every so often, I'll run across one that just blows me away. And they may not seem like anything to you (it's all very subjective) but each of these lines invokes something in me that makes me want to remember it.
There is something about trains, drinking, and being an Indian with nothing to lose.
-- Sherman Alexie
What reason weaves, by passion is undone.
Family ain't what you inherit, girl, it's what you make with those you love who love you back.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly: what is essential is invisible to the eye.
But Cash had been thinking how sad it was there was not even a plant on the windowsill in here. Not one green thing that can sit in the sun and be quiet.
That was enough for the both of us because those kisses came from the same place where pain and hunger live.
-- Robert Olmstead
One cannot live rightly when one lives without love.
-- Anne Gallagher (The Lady's Fate)
As you can see, I posted my own "great line" up there as well, because I feel it deserved a mention. Of everything I've ever written, that's the only line I ever remember faithfully.
How about you? When you pen your stories do you ever sit back and say, "Hoo-doggie, that was a GREAT line!" If so, what is it?
For your listening pleasure Derek and the Dominoes Bell Bottom Blues
Anne Gallagher (c) 2013