I find this article fascinating. It literally introduced a fountain of happy feelings into my day!
Seriously, though, the consternation over figurative uses of ‘literally’ are kind of funny, since due to language creep, that ship has literally sailed already.
Stephen King talks about opening sentences and how hard he works on them over at the Atlantic online. It’s fascinating and worth a read.
I agree that opening lines are important. But what about other ‘opening lines’ in writing? The first lines about a key character or place might need to be as impactful. Unless you’re trying to slide someone or something in as foreshadowing. I’ll have to flesh out my thoughts on this. What other aspects of writing do you think deserve the attention that King gives his openers?
This article is really interesting and correct. But how long before the new definitions are accepted due to common usage and the resulting language creep?? (Excepting “conversate” of course.)
10 Words That You’ve Probably Been Misusing.