Sunday, September 21, 2008

What will you be known for?

There are a lot of famous writers in the world, known for outstanding works, but one obituary in the Chicago Tribune today cited a writer for quite a distinction.

Mr. [James] Crumley published eleven books, the best-known of which is "The Last Good Kiss" (1978), whose opening line has been widely called the best in crime fiction:

"When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonora, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon."

Those 38 words, according to Crumley took him eight years to write.
So before we all leave this world, let's take the time to make our writing memorable.

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