Friday, November 27, 2009

First Line Challenge

Are you ready to get your creative juices flowing!  I will give you a sentence (or part of a sentence) from the opening of a famous book.  Your job is to turn it into a paragraph that is totally unique, and totally you!

Authors and characters are all welcome to try this little exercise.  Let's see how many different perspectives we can create.

Bonus points for anyone who can identify the book the sentence(s) are from.  Last week's line was from Eragon

Okay, are you ready? Here we go...

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a...

38 comments:

Ginger said...

an accountant.

I can't think of anything else to say, but he would definitely need a good accountant.

Yaoi Sakka said...

... a good tragedy. For man cannot truly be happy without something to struggle against.

Charles said...

And this must be the reason that our lives suck. Our author is sadistic. Personally I like Ginger's answer. I'd rather have an accountant over a tragedy any day.

Ginger said...

Me, too, Charles!

I suppose an accountant could be tragic, however. So it's wise to tread carefully with these questions

Mira said...

a good tax attorney, too.

I know where this is from. ;)

Nice choice of line.

Kalila said...

...a ticket to a good show, of course. Tell the gentleman in question to look me up. We're playing Fridays at Club Nostradamus in December.

Christine H said...

Mira, I've been writing almost all day. I just did the sweetest scene between Faldur and Marenya. They have grown so much between the second and third drafts, largely because of CIC.

Thank you for doing this!!!

Christine H said...

And Ann and Laura, too!

[Faldur is a lot more vulnerable after his time here, and Marenya less passive.]

Mira said...

Christine, that's so wonderful!! I'm really glad to hear that. :)

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. And Marenya and Faldur too, of course. :)

Laura Martone said...

...gold-digging bombshell to seduce him out of a pre-nup.

Okay, okay, so I'm a pessimist. ;-)

P.S. If Mira's not gonna say it, then I will. PRIDE & PREJUDICE, of course!

Laura Martone said...

Oh, and I'm glad to hear it, too, Christine!

If nothing else, CIC has made me want to start my next novel. :-)

Olivia Harper said...

...stupendous party. Why else have so much money - if not to gather your friends and family for a day, night, or week of celebration - with lots of food, dancing, and merriment to go around?

At least that's what I'd do if I had a ton of moo-lah. *wink*

Michael Harper said...

Good idea, Liv. I'm down with a party.

I'll bring the beer.

Christine H said...

You're right, Laura! I love your answer... "gold-digging bombshell!"

LOL!

Jil said...

scandalous reputation to attract ladies wishing to reform him. Or I could say, a good horse to make him look like a god.

Mira said...

Jil - LOL. :)

Bo said...

...a couple of babes, some champagne, and a suite at a swank hotel. There's really nothing else a man needs, unless he's boring, like Ricky.

Ricky said...

Hey! That's not called for, Bo. There's other things a guy might want, and it doesn't make him boring. He might want a good business plan, for example. And a trustworthy accountant and lawyer.

Bo said...

I rest my case.

bunnygirl said...

Congratulations, Christine! I'm so happy your writing is going well.

I worry, though, that CIC may be having the opposite affect on me. Here lately my characters are uncommunicative, as if they've said all that needs saying. With a trilogy to finish, that's a problem.

Anonymous said...

marvelous true love to share it with.

Donna Hole said...

investment accountant. Because, in this day and age of high finance, money, unlike women, cannot sit idle for long or the propsect of millions goes out the proverbial window. A Camens account is so outdated hey, why buck tradation for the sake of technology.

PS: You don't have to have read Pride and Predjudice to know this ditty is from that book. It is widely published, of course.

Calvin Mertz said...

Yo Bo; you took my answer. Whisky, women, drugs and song; does life get any sweeter that that.


Ooops! Except when you're married of course. Come here Amy, I'll show you how all those combine for the perfect marriage. Bring the toys, yeah, you know what I like.

Christine H said...

Ann, you just need more conflict.

Have Bo fall in love with a human and decide to become monogamous. That would give him enough conflict for a trilogy. LOL!!!

My friend Kristal and I say... when things get slow, just stab someone.

Christine H said...

In a book, I mean! Not for real. You know... in a book.

Faldur said...

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a...

bodyguard.

bunnygirl said...

LOL, Faldur!

Christine, the conflict in the final book is actually Kalila having to admit that she's fallen in love with Ricky. Djinns don't love, so she has to reassess everything she ever believed about herself.

By this time, though, Ricky is fed up with her bitchy, diva ways. He has also found that being a hot-shot promoter isn't everything he thought it would be. Kalila's misguided attempts to re-spark his interest provide much of the comedy in this book.

It's coming along okay, for being still just a tad shy of 10K. Interestingly, 10K is about how many words I need to finish off the middle book of the trilogy, but I had to stop because something wasn't working and I didn't want to write the end if radical changes might be needed.

Therefore, Book Two is on hiatus for a little while, so I can gain a little perspective on it. Book Three...well, I think it's coming along all right but it feels a little forced right now. Every novel feels that way for me at the beginning, so I know intellectually that I shouldn't worry, but I do.

Laura Martone said...

Well, Ann, look at it this way... at least you're well on your way to having three completed novels. I'm still stuck on number one. (I blame all the time I spend blogging.)

Oh, Christine, if only I could stab someone (in my book, of course, not real life) - maybe that's just what I need to drive the story forward. LOL!

Christine H said...

Ann, you're my hero! I'm still working on my first complete novel. Yes, it did feel forced but now it's kind of rising out of the muck like... I don't know... Luke Skywalker's X-wing fighter in the swamp on Dagobah.

Not a great metaphor but my brain is fried!

Laura, you really should try it. Some excitement, tempers rising, a little blood, someone needed help... does wonders! LOL!

bunnygirl said...

Laura, Maelstrom was actually my fifth, or even my sixth if you count my blog-turned-POD book, My New-Found Land. Maelstrom is just the first to get published.

The two sequels aren't part of my contract, but I feel a little pressured to write them, since I mentioned them, and I can probably get them published.

I'll be glad to be able to move on, though. I have a couple jazz age historicals in mind, and I'd also like to re-work one one of my post-apocalyptic novels and query it again. I'm not an aggressive querier. Ten tries, and that's it for me. Every agent wants something different, and it's so time-consuming that I can write or query, but not both. Writing is more important to me than being professionally published, so I write.

Laura Martone said...

I second Christine's sentiment... I'm in awe of you, Ann. I knew you'd written more than the Maelstrom novel - but wow! Six?! Good for you!

And while I would love to be a published novelist someday, writing is definitely more important than querying. No doubt about it. Agents pay lip service to it on their blogs, but I don't think they fully appreciate how time-consuming and soul-deflating the query process can be. For me, it's just important that I make this first one the best book that I can... and then move forward. Like you, I have other stories burning holes in my brain.

But, boy, are you eclectic! An undead rock band, a post-apocalyptic book, and jazz-age historicals! You rock!

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a...
sizeable number of shares in Durex.

Vic said...

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a...life long enough to enjoy it all. He should get himself turned into a vampire. Not only will he be around a lot longer, but he'll save money on food and housing.

Nevin said...

No, Vic. Such a gentleman would be in search of a reputable charity to donate to. I can recommend several that would be very happy to put his money to good use saving the animals and rainforests.

Marc said...

a good boat.

Christine H said...

** Happy Birthday, Laura!!! **

Ginger said...

A boat? Why a boat, Marc?

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Christine! I appreciate it!

P.S. Boats are awesome. If I had a ton of money, I'd get one, too. :-)