[It is International Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status.]
Perhaps you even participated in the fun.
When I read the status on a friend's page, the book closest to me was stacked on a corner of my desk along with several notebooks. I found the right page and the right line and read:
Step 2: Find one way in which this character is inwardly conflicted.
Not very exciting or intriguing or mysterious. But great writing advice for any novelist.
The Rest of the Story
When I did a search on "International Book Week" to get more information for this post, the first link was to www.internationalbookweek.com. The little blurb underneath says, "International Book Week doesn't actually exist as a celebrated international event. Despite that, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have seen the birth ..." I clicked on the link but the domain has expired.
Other links indicate International Book Week is a social media phenomenon . . . and it was last week.
The Book I Grabbed
The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose, and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great by Donald Maass
Play the Game
You're invited to play along but with this little twist. In the comments, tell us what you're reading now. Also share a favorite book from your childhood and, if you have a copy on hand, open it to page 52 and share the fifth line with us.
Please identify the book and why its a favorite.