Laidlaw's Law states that any book can be improved with a simple change. Replace the second line of the book with, "And then the murders began." It works with the Bible:
And Little Women:
Neil Gaiman even joined in:
But it can really be applied to any novel. Try it with the book you're reading now. Sometimes it doesn't work as a second line, but when you finally insert it, it's gold!
I wondered if it would work with my own books. Here's 30 Days of No Gossip. Doesn't really work so well...
And 25 Roses. A little better?
It seems to work best of all for little Piper.
Give it a try! Add the phrase to the book you're reading or writing now...or add it to one of the famous openings on this list, then copy and paste the results below!
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