What’s My Line?

Writer's MindMany times, when I least expect it, a phrase or a snatch of conversation pops into my head. I figure Iffy is doing a drive by but I always dutifully make note of her suggestions. Quite often, I incorporate them into the WIP or another project.

The other day on Facebook, Jennifer Lyon asked about favorite lines. While I might make note of favorites in someone else’s book, I don’t often acknowledge my own. I do have them. No, I do. I just can never recall them off the top of my head.

Today, I’m going to share a few of these. While I won’t mention which book the lines will likely appear in, I hope you enjoy anyway. 🙂

Regret hung over her like a full harvest moon illuminating each thread of her guilt like a spider web stretched between two cypress stumps.

He had to do this right. After all, he had only this once to make love to her for the first time.

Hero: I wish you loved me.
Heroine: I wish I didn’t.

Yes, I know which two characters speak those last lines. No, I’m not saying because I’m not sure in which of their books I’ll use it.

What about y’all? Do you have a favorite line in one of your books? Or in someone else’s book? Share! And have a great weekend.:D


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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10 Responses to What’s My Line?

  1. Janet says:

    Those are some great lines, Silver! I’ll try to come back later with some lines – but the Day Job calls 😦 Definitely looking forward to what others post today, too!!

    Yay, it’s Friday!

  2. I can never remember great lines (unless they’re already famous, and even then it’s a crap shoot). I know I’ll be reading along and think “That is an awesome sentence.” but then it’s gone. It’s the same with my own stuff. I’ll write something I’m particularly proud of. Then I move on and while it’s immortalized in print, it’s out of my head.

    Those are some awesome lines you’ve written, Silver. But then, you write whole books full of awesome lines. =o)

    • Silver James says:

      I love the Kindle because I can highlight lines as I read them. 🙂 In deadtree books, I have to stop and write them down because if it ain’t a text book, I’m not markin’ it up!

      Awwww. 😳 You guys make me blush. 😀

  3. jblynn says:

    I can never remember lines, but I like those.

    That said, I loved this exchange from this week’s episode of JUSTIFIED (it’s not exact but you’ll get the idea):

    ART (Head US Marshall) — You’re thinking IEDs

    TIM (US Marshall/veteran) — It’s possible I’m having a full-blown PTSD episode

    ART — Do you get those a lot?

    TIM — Only when handling firearms in public.

  4. Janet says:

    OK – I’m back with a couple of lines from Dancing with the Bodyguard (written by moi) that my niece particulary liked.

    Dylan stepped around the door, gun positioned for immediate response in case he met with an intruder, stalker or Adam King getting it on with his ‘friend’. He tried to control the slight tremor, swung around and yelled, “Freeze.”
    A wooden box did what it was told.

    Hmm, that’s more like a snippet than a line, but there you have it!

    And from The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (which I’ve just pulled out to lend to a friend – yes, it is in my Top Ten):

    Lick and kiss, drip drip drip dropped the drugs, hiss hiss hiss spoke the snake. The sibilant sermons of the snake as she discoursed upon the disposition of my sinner’s sould seemed endless.

  5. What a fun exercise! I know when I get comments from my critique group and they all check the same line, then I’ve written something that resonates, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone looking on my own. Off to do that now… 🙂

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