Friday, March 12, 2010

First Line Challenge

Last week's “First Line Challenge” enticed only one participant, so perhaps this exercise has run its course. If so, please let me know – and I'll give something else a try.

Still, I'm willing to admit that the lack of participation could just be due to my choice of novel – Eclipse. Who knew people had such distaste for Stephenie Meyer?

Anyway, are you ready to get your creative juices flowing?

I'll give you the first sentence or two of a famous novel, and your job is to turn it into a paragraph that is totally unique, and totally you!

Authors and characters are all welcome to attempt this little exercise. Let's see how many different perspectives we can create. As a bonus, try to guess the book that's being quoted.

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of...

13 comments:

Christine H said...

I like the concept, Laura. I've just been way too busy to be that creative lately. It requires a little more brain activity than I'm capable of before rushing off to work, which is when I usually check the blog.

Sometimes I don't reply because the excerpt is outside of my characters' experiences, also.

Christine H said...

P.S. I thought last week's prompt was unusually well-suited to Marenya, but didn't have time to respond.

Marenya said...

I take up my quill in the fifth year of the reign of Melbrinor, my good friend and my cousin Pelwyn's husband. The treasure on that island was of an unusual type, the more so because Hanorja do not typically like the sea. But when the human female was washed up on our shores from a shipwreck, curiosity and compassion drove us to search for other survivors. Little did we realize that our search would also bring us for the first time face to face with a race whose overwhelming desire was not just to acquire, but to conquer.

Candy said...

... year of my death to enlighten the world on what really happened. How, while every one else died horribly, I stayed sound and well to sit here now surrounded by treasures such as you have never seen.
Oh, how the sun glints off the gold and precious stones; rubies, emeralds,diamonds. Such beauty. I cannot bear to leave it even to find food and now I am too weak to go even if I would. But that is all right, my eyes can feast enough for any man.

PS My writer is too busy to do this kind of thing so she lets me, 'cause I think it's fun and it keeps me out of trouble.

Laura Martone said...

I'm with you, Christine. Despite a deadline extension, I have a LOT of work ahead of me this month for my travel guide, so CIC has taken a backseat lately. I, too, find it hard to be creative when I'm focused on such a big project elsewhere.

Doing the "First Line Challenge" makes it a little easier on me, but I don't want people to lose interest. Maybe everyone's busy these days.

Christine H said...

I wouldn't read too much into it, Laura. Participation seems to ebb and flow randomly.

Good luck with your latest guide! I love seeing your updates on FB.

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Christine!

Christine H said...

P.S. I'm not at all biased, of course, because this was my idea. *wink*

Laura Martone said...

Oh, Christine, it's okay to be biased. I think it's a really good idea. If I didn't have to post a first line every week, I'd be more willing to participate.

As I said, I want people to feel inspired and be willing to contribute, but I'm really slammed right now - and this is all I can do every week.

Besides, it's hard to justify spending time coming up with group stories and the like when participation is so low.

Maybe when I have time for the blogosphere again, I'll be able to drum up some more interest in CIC. Until then, I'm sticking with your "first line challenge." If nothing else, it makes me want to read or re-read all the books I'm quoting from.

Christine H said...

I agree! I haven't read most of these, and most of them are classics.

Jil said...

Hey, Christine, what's FB? Just curious and don't want to miss anything to do with folks I "know".

Laura Martone said...

Hi, Jil. Laura here. "FB" stands for Facebook. I put my travel updates on there - at least I think that's what Christine means...

You should join us on FB!

Christine H said...

Yes, that's what I meant. sorry!