Day Twenty-Six (yep... I think that's the right date, am a little lost on such things if I'm honest)
Word Count: 1472 (but I'm not at all enthralled by any of them)
Fave Line of The Day (see above, but I'll put one in for the hell of it):
‘I suppose you believe in aliens, UFOs and the Loch Ne
ss Monster as well,’ she said, trying to sound flippant.
Total word count thus far: 19211
I had a lovely (okay, rainy and rather exhausting few days) away with the hubby and the three heroes-in-training. Didn't get any writing done (but wasn't expecting or planning too) as you can see by my dismal June NaNo word count, but I did finish
reading ONE book. I know... only ONE but honestly... it was an exhausting kind of holiday.
Luckily that one book was one that now rests on my KEEPER SHELF. It's.... DRUMROLLL...
This is only the second Anne McAllister I've ever read but I'm on a serious mission to hunt down her backlist now. This is the devilishly delicious Hugh and the feisty Syd's story - both the kind of characters I absolutely adore. Hugh is a very unusual Presents hero (and frankly, I'd like to see more of him - no, not like that, you naughty minded blog readers you - I meant more of his type). He's sexy and good-looking (obviously) but he's a little dishevelled, lives in a beach shack, has a puppy for a best pal and likes to take it easy and enjoy life as well as work hard.
But probably the best thing about the book is that she had me from PAGE one with a totally unique opening. I'm not gonna spoil it for those who wanna hunt this baby down... but let's just say, it'd be worth the read.
Anyway Anne's book got me thinking about openings and how they affect my own writing. I've realised that I can't actually plan a book unless I have the opening in my mind already. All the books I've written thus far have either started with a title or an opening scene (and usually the other has followed quickly on the heels of the first), yet if I don't have a title or a clear first scene in my head, I totally flounder.
So... what comes first for you?! I'd love to hear!!