Adding "And Then The Murders Began" As The Second Sentence Of Any Book Makes It Instantly Better
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…
The first line of almost any story can be improved by making sure the second line is, "And then the murders began."
— Marc Laidlaw (@marc_laidlaw) March 3, 2017
Genius. But does it work?
One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. And then the murders began. #LaidlawsRule
— Elizabeth Meg (@Scranshums) March 3, 2017
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.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 3, 2017
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. https://t.co/IRlMLs1OdL
— Darryl Daugherty (@DarrylDaugherty) March 3, 2017
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. https://t.co/WbbBuyehqU
— Kyle Treasure (@KyleTreasure) March 3, 2017
“I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh. And then the murders began. https://t.co/ZWBA29tjW9
— Damon Young (@damonayoung) March 3, 2017
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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