Whether you’re a writer of fiction or fire tweets, consider yourself #blessed thanks to sci-fi writer Marc Laidlaw‘s ingenious trick; adding “and then the murders began” any book’s boring opening line. Seriously. One minute you had writer’s block…and then the murders began. See? Naturally, Twitter users rushed to test the theory by adding the dark zinger to the second line of childhood classics, from Winnie The Pooh to Dr. Seuss. The results? Slightly disturbing and hilariously revamped lines that are far better than the originals:

Thanks to Twitter for beginning the murders! For more to satiate your need for devious writing, check out the best of Scottish Twitter, and memes for your inner book nerd!

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