The Impact Of The Chapter Quote

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I collect only one thing in life—the well-written word. For me, this refers to quotes, poems and good stories, essentially, anything written that triggers an emotional response from me.

I understand why writers who come across a piece of someone else’s work that is so meaningful or particular to their work that they inject right at the top as a prelude.

But, as I am now reading a book that includes pre-chapter quotes, I find myself reading quotes with little relevance as I have yet to read the chapters concerned, and I ponder this fact.

In light of my disconnect from the quotes, no doubt meaningful to the writer, I cannot help but wonder if these are really the best placements. You see, a quote in such a place means little to me as I have no idea what relevance it has to what I am about to read, and I challenge its placement on this point.

While I get that it provides some overview for the reader, they don’t get the impact of the quote that the author intended because it is just, as it is, a stand-alone quote.

This thought brings me to the conclusion that such quotes and the like are better placed at the end of the relevant texts, which may upset the visual people out there as visually it is more pleasing at the beginning. Nevertheless, for full impact, I propose that these quotes are best placed at the end of the text that gives them relevance.

So, I resolve that the quote (which I might just be collecting) should live at the end to leave a sweet taste in the mouth of the reader to finish on and to ponder in memory of the wonderfully constructed words preceding it.

See how this works for you in my previous blog, How I Will Remember You.