Wednesday, 18 July 2012

You Just Keep Me Hanging On...

Day Two of the Hookers and Hangers Blogfest hosted by Falling For Fiction. Monday was all about hookers or opening lines, today it's hangers, those pesky chapter endings that are supposed to have you clinging on by your fingernails and plunging into the next chapter. I'm a bit rushed right now, so let's just get straight to it.


Like Monday, these come from my WIP, The Memory Cell and I'm doing all the same chapters.

Chapter 1: She would need to be at the hospital first thing.

Chapter 2: And it was almost effortless; she just had to tap into an alternate life that up to now she hadn’t realised she even wanted.


Chapter 3: He felt sure that once Mr Crossdale was discharged, his wife would ask for some help.


Chapter 4: By the time she was heading back up in the lift, she had put her plan together.

Chapter 5: Helen went to sleep in a cloud of sparkling excitement for her future life.

Chapter 6: “Yes!” he said, with the gasping enthusiasm of a child.

Chapter 7: She understood it more now, but it was also imperative that she remained in control.

Chapter 8: She didn’t remember falling asleep.

Chapter 9: No more getting wasted – he would find Robert himself and bring Mum back to the person she used to be.

What do you think?

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63 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Love them - especially Chapters 2 and 9! :D

Jeannette said...

I agree that #2 is the best one! That describes all of us at some point.

tfwalsh said...

Great hangers. I like the first and second one:)

Danielle B. said...

I loved 2 & 9 also! The hold so much power and meaning. I love that they don't give away too much but still have enough info to make me wonder what's going on. I want to know more!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like the fourth one best!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

#6 is my favorite, but they're all great.

Jessica Nelson said...

Very cool idea! This makes me want to look at mine and see what story is told just by first and last lines. Hmmmm.
Thanks for sharing yours! ;-)

Suzi said...

I like #5-the sparkling exciting for her future life.

Lisa Regan said...

2 and 5 are my favorites! This book sounds great!

Suze said...

Well, having some idea of what the book is about, I would say I like the chapter three ending the best.

Although the more I read the chapter five, the more I get this fairly unique and pleasant visual--though I fear Helen's imagination a bit!

Tobi Summers said...

I really like them, especially that last one.

J. A. Bennett said...

#2 was really good. It's got me curious :)

Margo Kelly said...

Well, these lines certainly make me curious! :)

Amber said...

Great job. I think 5 is my fave.

Kim said...

I like # 5, too :)

Emily R. King said...

Nice work all around! #7 is intriguing.

Gossip_Grl said...

Nice posting and hangers. Definitely #5 has me wanting to know more. Enjoyed reading the endings.

prerna pickett said...

great hangers! I want to know more about what's going on.

Annmarie Pipa said...

I could learn a lot from you.

Martin Willoughby said...

Number 2 is the pick of great bunch.

DL Hammons said...

#5 was my favorite! :)

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

First of all, I want to hug you for your title of this post :) 1000 brownie points to you!

I liked two and nine the most. Good job!

Nancy Thompson said...

I think they're all great, but I love chapter 6 the best. It just touched me for some reason.

Rena said...

I think I like 5 the best. Good job!

nutschell said...

chapter 2 intrigued me!
Nutschell
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nutschell said...

chapter 2 intrigued me!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

ilima said...

I had to laugh at the falling asleep line. I think half of my chapters (in every book) ends with MC falling asleep, thus half of them are about waking up. It's probably my biggest fault. Nice job.

Ink in the Book said...

Yep, you left me hanging, so you did your job well:)

Hope Roberson said...

Each one just lures you deeper into the story! Nicely done!

Nick Wilford said...

Kyra - Thanks mate!

Jeanette - Thanks - nice to know I hit a vein.

TF - Thanks!

Danielle - Thanks very much! :D

Alex - Thanks cap'n.

Stina - Thank you!

Jessica - I really think it was an interesting exercise. It'll make me think about these lines more, anyway!

Suzi, Lisa - Thanks. :)

Suze - Thanks. I like how you got an insight. She is a little bit scary!

Nick Wilford said...

Tobi - Thanks. :)

J.A., Margo - Thanks! Curiosity is always good!

Amber, Kim - Thanks! Glad you like it. I did worry it was kinda cheesy.

Emily - Thanks. :)

Gossip_Grl, Prerna - Thanks! Glad you like 'em!

Annmarie - Wow, thanks! What would you like to know?? :)

Martin - Thanks. I appreciate your opinion. :)

Nick Wilford said...

DL - Thanks! :)

Lynn(e) - LOL, I love that song. It just came to me. Thanks!

Nancy - Thanks! Nice to hear that. :)

Rena, Nutschell - Thanks!

Ilima - Yeah, that was the thing with my hookers. Most of them were about sleeping, waking or getting up! They should probably be more varied. Thanks.

Ink In The Book - Thanks! It's nice to know that!

Hope - Wow! Thanks for saying that! :D

1000th.monkey said...

Maybe I just have a warped sense of humour, but I laughed when I read #9 (the 'no more getting wasted' part)

Shannon Lawrence said...

If I remember correctly, the hooker for Ch 2 was my favorite, just as the hanger for Ch 2 is. That must be one heck of a chapter! Great hangers!

Leigh Covington said...

Super great hangers! I particularly love 2 and 9!

Jenny Morris said...

Chapter 9 for sure! Makes me want to know more about Mum!

Thanks for participating!

Krista McLaughlin said...

Those are great hangers! I love 2!

sue said...

# 2 and I love your banner

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

I like them all! They'd keep me reading. :) Well done!

EM Castellan said...

I like the ones from Chapter 5 and 9 :) But they're all interesting... Thanks for stopping by my blog!

souldestructionblog said...

All great but my favorites were #4 #5 and #7.

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I really like the first one, but so intrigued by #2!! Well done on all of these!

Medeia Sharif said...

These are great. #2 and #9 are my favorites. This is one awesome blogfest. It's interesting seeing hookers and hangers in isolation, while also making connections between them.

Madeleine Maddocks said...

They definitely make me want to read on.

Julie Dao said...

Chapter 9 is my favorite!

SC Author said...

1 is awesome, and I lovvvee 2. The prose in there is excellent :)

cleemckenzie said...

Great. Chapter 3 is a standout for me!

Deana said...

I think, awesome! And it sounds like the MC has quite a but on her shoulders. High stakes = LOVE!

Robin said...

I liked #4. It made me dying to know what the plan was. I have no idea what your novel is even about, but I suddenly needed to know about this PLAN.

E. Arroyo said...

Nice. #2 is my fav. =)

Nick Wilford said...

1000th.monkey - Thanks! It's fine to laugh. :)

Shannon - Thanks! Two CPs said I should be starting at Chapter 2. I think this is all adding up to tell me something! Glad I did this!!

Leigh - Thanks! :)

Jenny - Thanks! You're welcome. Mum doesn't exactly have an easy time of it...

Krista - Thanks. :)

Sue - Thanks. I photographed it myself but it's my wife's typewriter.

Amy, EM, souldestructionblog - Thanks a lot! :D

Nick Wilford said...

Kimberly - Thanks! Chapter 2 seemed to go down the best all round.

Medeia - Thanks. It'll make me think a lot more about them, for sure.

Madeleine - Thanks! Good to know! :)

Julie - Thanks!

SC Author - Thanks! Aw, shucks. :)

Clee - Thanks! :)

Deana - Thank you! She has brought it on herself, to some extent... but yeah, she's in deep.

Robin - Thanks! It's cool it could have that effect on you. :)

Elizabeth - Thanks!

Elise Fallson said...

These are really good Nick. I especially liked 2 and 5. I missed your hooks so I'm on my way to read them ... (:

Mark Murata said...

Nice hangers. I think the last one, #9, is the most striking.

Stephanie said...

I agree with several other commenters. My favorites are 2 (such an intriguing sentence) and 9 (sounds like a good character moment and something that would entice me to go to the next chapter.)

Cassie Mae said...

Oh I can't decide which one I like best! They're all great. Hm... I really like 6 because of the description you use :) Totally brought an awesome picture in my head. :)

Nick Wilford said...

Elise - Thanks, glad you liked them! :)

Mark - Thanks! Hopefully it seems quite urgent.

Stephanie - Thanks! Well, that's nice to hear. :)

Cassie - Thanks! That's another one I wasn't sure about, so I appreciate it. :)

Kelley Lynn said...

Two is my favorite! Well done!

Theresa said...

#2 and #9 are definitely my favorites no I like #4 too, they're all really great!! :)

VikLit said...

Can't decide on my fave but ch 5s has such lovely phrasing I had to mention it. 4 intrigues me most probably!

Nick Wilford said...

Kelley - Thanks! :)

Theresa - Thanks very much! :D

VikLit - Thanks, glad you liked the phrasing. :)

L.M. Miller said...

I like your voice and style in all of these.

Nick Wilford said...

L.M. - Thanks. :)