Friday, May 28, 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 Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE is scrawled in blood red lettering on the side of the Chemical Bank near the corner of Eleventh and First...

5 comments:

Christine H said...

because of the recession, probably. I sighed and straightened the skirt of my one and only business suit, which had apparently shrunk in the closet for it was unaccountably tighter across the hips than I remembered. Then I said a little prayer, took a deep breath, and walked around the corner to the entrance.

David Jace said...

ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE is scrawled in blood red lettering on the side of the Chemical Bank near the corner of Eleventh and First...

"Damned frat house pranksters." Joe the Janitor scrubbed at the lettering, trying to remove it from one of the campus science buildings.

Joe had been cleaning up the frat houses' messes for decades. He was the one that scrubbed off the graffiti. He was the one that mopped up the whipped-cream-filled water balloons. Yes, he was the one that truly suffered for their antics. In the back of his mind, as he scrubbed the paint from the wall, a plan began to form. It was only a small seed, but it was growing. The germ of an idea planted and fertilized by scores of years of burnt bags of doggy doo. The idea of Revenge.

Jesse Littleton said...

ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE is scrawled in blood red lettering on the side of the Chemical Bank near the corner of Eleventh and First...

...the very same corner where my brother met his untimely fate at the hands of a desperate mugger. Ironic, considering the fact that Simon had been leaving the Chemical Bank the very evening he was stabbed to death. Since then, I thought the words should have been altered to, "ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO EXIT HERE." But who would have recognized the fallacy but me? After all, my brother had made little mark on the world when he left it - no matter that he'd meant the world to me.

Candy said...

and I am grateful to whoever wrote it. This is my corner. Has been since I took to living on the streets ten years ago. I been beat up several times, before that message kept them away. If I see the toughs comin' I scurry into my packing case and know that when they read the message they'll go the other way. It's tough for a woman living like I do but those words have sure made life easier. I can even comb my hair sometimes and look like I'm forty and not a hundred, which was safer.
I know whoever wrote it meant the bank but everyone else thinks it's my corner they're warned against. Thank you, whoever you are!

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, everyone, for your different takes on this one... Anyone have a guess as to the line's origin?