March 04, 2005

Book Game

Post your answers in the comments. If you're a blogger, pass it on!

Here are the rules:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

"If used, it is made up of a single scene, or two or three scene fragments. Its sole intention is to establish an immediate threat, aura of violence, sense of drama or romance, or whatever will intrigue and hook the reader. It should not exceed four or five manuscript pages, maximum."
From Scene and Structure by Jack Bickham. The "it" that he's talking about here is writing a Prologue to your novel.

Borrowed from Mr. Hassle's Long Underpants.

Posted by Shelby at March 4, 2005 08:46 PM

"Do you want to kick me?" said Ford.
"Would it give you a lot of pleasure?" asked Zaphod, blearily.

Douglas Adams, The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide (all 6 books in one)

Posted by: Angel at March 6, 2005 10:35 PM

If you must obtain written permission from the copyright owner, append a footnote to the quoted material with a superscript number, and in the footnote, acknowledge permission from the owner of the copyright. Format the footnote like the permission footnotes used for tables and figures (see section 3.73), but substitute the indented superscript number for the word Note [Note is italicized in the original.] Place the footnote number at the end of the quotation, after any punctuation.
From APA Publication Manual, 5th ed.

Posted by: Marc at March 10, 2005 04:56 PM
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