Friday, May 14, 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 Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

Nobody was really surprised when it happened, not really, not at the subconscious level where savage things grow. On the surface, all the girls in the shower room were shocked, thrilled, ashamed, or simply glad that the White bitch had taken it in the mouth again. Some of them might also have claimed surprise, but of course their claim was untrue...


Candy said...

What right had a honky to insert herself into their team anyway- into their world! Just cause she was tall and strong and a good player.Always smiling and trying to be friends. Only now she didn't look so good, crumpled up over there on the bench, crying her baby blues out. This is what they all wanted, isn't it?Her thrown out in disgrace- no way to prove her innocence. Her future in the toilet . And every one's glad it happened.
But what about the big game tomorrow? Oh, sh.. they'd forgotten that.

Laura Martone said...

Haha, Candy! Way to take this novel in a different direction!

Christine H said...

For everyone knew that white bitches were not only extremely rare, but could be used to breed white puppies. So Cream Puff would sell for three times as much as any of the other pugs.

They all barked at her as Marie, the groomer, wrapped her in a towel and hugged her to her chest, crooning "Ignore them, Cream Puff, they're just jealous."

"Mrs. Tomkins," she added, raising her voice, "the girls are after Cream Puff again!"

Sadie, Sophie, Suzie and Sally all stopped barking at once and hung their heads. They knew what this meant. Extra play time for Cream Puff, and extra obedience training for them. The exchanged mutinous looks behind Marie's back. It was worth it.

Wasn't it?

Nezbit said...

Nezbit poured himself a glass of brandy. That denial was exactly what made his job at once so easy and so enjoyable. They wanted it. They all wanted it. They wanted to watch it, to experience it, to revel in the memory of having been taken by an incubus. They craved it, and they were secretly, in their savage hearts, thrilled when someone got it. The fact that this girl had gotten it twice... well, that was her own fault. Pity, that her parents were cruel enough to have given her a name like "Bitch." She was a sweet enough girl. She actually blushed when she felt the rising of her libido, the heat of her passion as his incubus nature overwhelmed her societal-trained "good manners" and turned her into a dripping, hungry morsel. He must admit, the blush had been cute on her as she knelt in the middle of the lockerroom. Ah, but one can't rest on one's laurels. It was time for the next victim.

Laura Martone said...

Wow! Three completely different takes. Stephen King, eat your heart out.

David Jace said...

Vive la difference!!

Christine H said...

Sorry, I just couldn't resist taking the "white bitch" thing literally.

Gritty stuff isn't my style, so I knew I couldn't do anything with it as it was. I had no idea it was Stephen King, though.

David Jace said...

There's no reason to apologize! It made for another unique twist, and a good one, at that!

There's never any reason, especially here, to do it the same way as everyone else!