When we write, we have favorite lines, lines that make us think we’re awesome. Maybe even brilliant. For me, these are inevitably the lines I end up removing during the editing process. You’ve heard of “kill your babies” or “kill your darlings”? I’m basically a mass murderer.
But occasionally a few lines survive the brutal editorial process and make it into the final book. They’re almost always the quiet moments in the story — my favorite moments. No one else may even notice them at all, but I know they’re there.
Today, I want to see your favorite lines. Not necessarily your best lines, just the ones that speak to you. That make you warm inside. Try to keep them short — just a few sentences or one short paragraph if you can.
If you’re not a writer, feel free to pick lines from a book you love. (Not the best, most famous lines, though — unless they’re also your favorites.)
From Above World, here’s a quiet moment I added during a revision that, for some reason, I love. It’s from Hoku’s point of view:
At night, they cooked and ate around their campfire. He loved the flames. Not just the flickering light, but the way it drew them together around its circumference. Fire had a gravity all its own.
Come, play with me!
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