Do you ever have a bit of writing that you're just really proud of? Like a title, a great zinger, or a perfect metaphor? And like, you want to show it off, but you know people don't want to read the whole work? Welcome to the thread of show-offs. Go ahead and post JUST THE BIT YOU'RE PROUD OF (some context would be helpful, but may not be necessary) and let us marvel at your genius Because I am an unashamed self-plugger, I shall start with some gems of my own! I suck at naming things, but I'm pretty proud of this one. I am writing a short story that is, basically, about a fight between two friends with benefits. One person does something that implies seriousnes and committment and couple-ness to the other person, who gets mad and storms away. They arrive at a compromise, and even though they know they want different things, neither one wants to stop things entirely. I went through a few titles for it; "The Fight," "Key," "Running in Circles," like I said, I'm terrible at naming things. I love what I settled on though: Bating. And because I knew not everybody who read the story might know what that meant, I inserted the definition above the text the way some works put a quote or dedication. Bate: (bāt) v. To reduce in force or intensity, to restrain. (of a hawk) to attempt to fly off something in fear. - Merriam-Webster Dictionary ISN'T IT SO PERFECT OMFG. And I like short, concise titles, too <3 The opening line of the aforementioned story. The first line of a story is its keystone; it doesn't matter if the rest of your story is fantastic, because if your first bit sucks, nobody's going to read the rest. The first bit needs to establish context, conflict, and make the reader curious or amused enough to keep going. You have 2-5 seconds of the reader's time to accomplish this. The first line of Bating is as follows: "It was biting cold out, and Edward was wishing he'd put off slamming the door long enough to grab his coat." Whaaat? Why'd he slam the door? What got him so mad that not only did he leave his coat when it's so cold, but he's wishing he'd taken it instead of going back for it? Another title: I'm always super proud when I come up with a good title, because again, I'm terrible at naming things so most of the ones I come up with are super basic at worst and super corny at best. I haven't actually written this fic yet; it'll probably be a short little drabble. I had the idea while watching The Order of the Phoenix, and I like the title because it implies something really explicitly filthy, but it's actually just a really cute little fluff bit Title: Eight Inches Synospis: Umbridge decreed that boys and girls should not be allowed within eight inches of each other. She never said anything about other boys. You wouldn't believe the size of my oneNote folder that just has bits of dialogue and stuff that don't belong to any story and I'm just saving for when I find a context for them. Here's some of my favourites: "I'm sorry, I don't speak Manipulative Fuck" - The first time he tried to kill me, I fought him. - "I thought you said it wasn't a date." "I wanted it to be." - He hated not knowing something, it was like an unscratchable itch on the back of his brain. So what about you guys? Any titles, lines, names, descriptors, or any other kind of writing that you're super proud of? Show it off here!