Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Writing - Well known one liners

How do one liners become so well enjoyed by so many? Well if you don't write and only 'aspire' to write you ain't never gonna write one! Various authors have probably unwittingly created such gems during the daily grind of producing their work.

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Italian Job

In the Italian Job Michael Caine says to one of his crime team who had just demolished a truck with explosives,

'You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off'

When Troy Kennedy Martin penned those words he probably thought them amusing but they are almost as well known as some famous Shakespearean lines,

'A horse, a horse my kingdom for a horse, ... '

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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's work cascades with wonderful lines and Matilda is just one example where a plethora of quotes has you rolling.

“I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up. I think they do it deliberately, just to annoy me.” 

"$5000 dollars hospital bill, I refuse to pay it. What are they going to do repossess the kid?"



and for the writers amongst us,

"Why do you want a book? What can you get from a book that you can't get from the TV quicker?"

Great lines, all of them. However, do you really ever know when you have written one? I doubt it. There is a sort of indication as to how good a line may be. YOU like it!

My second collection

I produced the above collection of poetry a couple of years ago but the important line for me is in the title Words from the Raindrops. It comes from a poem that is included in the collection and which I feel is particularly meaningful on more than one level.

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 God is in the Rain

When we pray to God looking to the skies
we see the clouds before our eyes,
and as we pray to God we ask questions
for ourselves and others, for His suggestions,
on how to live each and every day
and keep illness, fear and trouble at bay.

When we pray to God looking to the skies
we see endless expanse before our eyes,
and as we pray to God we confess our sins
looking for the peace His forgiveness brings
to our aching souls and tortured lives,
bringing gentleness that we may survive.

When we pray to God looking to the skies
we see the sun before our eyes,
and as we pray to God we give our vow
to live as He would expect from now
so that the world will be a better place
for us and the rest of the human race.

When we pray to God looking to the skies
we see drops of rain before our eyes,
but as we pray to God we fail to see
the extent and infinite care that He
lavishes on us time and again,
as frequently as every drop of rain.
© David L Atkinson November 2014


The poem is in the form of a prayer and was written for church. I just felt that raindrops share the ubiquitous nature of God.

Now it could be that not many others think like me but I have sold copies of the book!

So never give up and be pleased when you create a line that resonates within you.

God Bless