Friday, April 9, 2010

First Line Challenge

Are you ready to get your creative juices flowing?

I'll give you the first sentence or passage 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.

(Incidentally, the last opener was from Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years – if it ever did end – began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain...

8 comments:

Ginger said...

in which a tiny baby alligator, only six inches long, scrabbled against the sides in an effort to escape his paper prison. He was swept down the sewer in a rush of loud water.

Candy said...

As I watched, cold and soaked in the downpour , having nowhere to go, I wished I too could be swept to anywhere. My gaze fastened on the bit of soggy print I could read. It was my obituary and my funeral had been yesterday. Another paper boat followed and on that I read names of my friends. All gone. I had never felt so cold. I began to walk through the empty city. Then I heard the sound of other footsteps, stumbling and slow, like mine.

Ginger said...

Good grief, this is getting sad. Would anyone like some tea? I need some chocolate, too, while I'm at it.

Jil said...

Oo, I'd love some tea, Ginger! Poor little alligator. At least when he gets bigger he can grab humans for dinner but what will he eat until then?
'Tis starting to rain here, and tea does sound good. We'll share a pot long distance.

Ginger said...

Here, Jill. Would you like milk or alligator with it? Oh! I meant milk or sugar.

Jil said...

I'll have mine "neat" please. (safer that way!) And green if we have it. I have some biscotti in the cupboard - would you like one. although you probably have something more delicious and homemade.
In a time of alligators and (perhaps)Zombies it's good to keep our strength up!

Olivia Harper said...

Is it too late to take you up on your offer, Ginger? I'd love to share a cup of tea with a friend. Everyone I know is a coffee drinker. Blech.

Jesse Littleton said...

The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years – if it ever did end – began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain...

...for that was the day that I met Charlie. We were both ten at the time, and each of us had noticed the little boat at the exact same moment, dashing so quickly to save it that we ended up colliding in a tangle of limbs and losing the boat forever. Once we'd righted and introduced ourselves, I, who had never had a friend before and had instead been the target of bullies since I first joined the ranks of school-aged children, was pleased to have met someone who seemed plesed to meet me.

If only I'd known then the monster I'd unleashed in my life. But how could I know, at the age of ten, in a sudden rainstorm no less, that the nice fellow I'd just met would turn out to be the biggest bully of them all.