Here at FtQ I focus on the first page, but there’s a last page, too, your last chance to leave your reader with something more than “The End.” I came across an article on the Huffington Post titled 21 Amazing Last Lines From Literature That Will Make You Want To Read The Whole Book.
It was fun to read last lines from classics and modern literature. But it also made me think about what I should be doing with my last line/paragraph in my novels. Maybe it will affect you that way, too.
Here’s a sampling, but there’s plenty more:
“Go, my book, and help destroy the world as it is.”
From Continental Drift by Russell Banks
“Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision.”
From To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
“Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”
From Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
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