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signs of love

Seen at the emergency clinic today.

A very old man sitting beside a very old woman, speaking to her quietly, reminding her again and again, with almost perfect patience, how to sign her name.

A father on a pouffe in the play area, his sick little girl half asleep on his chest. As he glances up, a universe of love and worry are in his tired eyes.

Another father reading from his tablet as a teenaged girl sits texting beside him : old enough to be at the doctor by herself, but he is there, and everything about his solid, business-like posture says, of course I'm here.

A young couple kissing their little boy.

Sisters exchanging a look as their mother breathes, just breathes.

A father smiling soft, wordless encouragement at his bleary-eyed son.

A mother holding out her hand - the one not wrapped in bandages - to lead her Downs Syndrome daughter along.





Of course, it always comes down to the important things when you're sitting in the emergency clinic. The trick is to remember what&#…

how to write first sentences

The experts say a first sentences must grab a reader and draw them into the story. There are all kinds of technical tricks you can (should) use. All manner of necessities.
But I think there is another angle a writer can consider. (My post title is only playing the Google game - I don't really mean this is theway to write a story opening. I myself am certainly no expert!)

The start of a book is the start of a relationship. So to me the most important thing about it is that it be genuine. Those first sentences tell a reader if the book is a kindred spirit or not. In some ways, the story itself matters less to a reader than the way it is told. You want to be using your real voice from the beginning. You want to have your favourite words right there to flare against, dissolve into, your reader's soul. Because we all like clever books - but we love books which get into our soul.

One way to think of it is that your first sentences could be like your smile. There's so much you can…