Friday, June 4, 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 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

Once upon a time when the world was young there was a Martian named Smith...

9 comments:

Christine H said...

There was a young Martian named Smith
Who headed to Earth forthwith
He needed some ham
And some raspberry jam
And to borrow a black monolith

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Candy said...

He didn't know he was a Martian, he just knew that all he could remember of his birth was that of being ejected from a great machine which immediately left and went whirling upward. In seconds it had become a distant star and that pinprick in the sky was where he looked whenever he was lonely.
That was before.He didn't need to look upward much at all now , not since he he had taken on his popular surname and instantly found himself flooded with relatives. He attended every funeral, wedding or party hosted by a Smith and mentioned in the paper, or anywhere for that matter, so that soon his piquant face was recognised and welcomed by every Smith in town.

David Jace said...

Once upon a time when the world was young there was a Martian named Smith...

Of course, you see, he wasn't really named Smith. Names have been changed to protect the unnatural. Smith's business was in interplanetary trade. Of what was he a trader? oh, different things, and you'd never get a concrete answer on that one. Certainly not without showing the color of your blood, anyway.

The really interesting part of the story, however, is not so much Smith, but Smith's third suitcase.

David Jace said...

@Christine I just love that you did a limerick!

@Candy What a wonderful way to solve loneliness!!

Elaine AM Smith said...

Once upon a time when the world was young there was a Martian named Smith...
Technically, Esmee-er-ieth was much closer to his actual designation but he had cracked the tenets of the proclamation when he began working with severe primitives. Greater consequences that the blurring of his phonemes had occurred.

Observation. Always charged with observation Smith had been sent to compile a report on the blue, green planet. For years he had observed, following the agreed protocols. He had compiled the dossiers. Recorded his findings onto chryschips and returned them, promptly. But as the decades turned to centuries he had become bored.

The apeies beyond his bio-sphere were plankton-dumb but never boring. And Esmee-er-ieth was, unfortunately young, and not much brighter himself.

Laura Martone said...

I love how different your takes all are... though, admittedly, Heinlein's probably doing flip-flops in his grave. *wink*

David Jace said...

Oh!Oh! I wanna guess! I think this First Line Challenge was taken from a novel by Robert Heinlein!!

Where's my prize??

Laura Martone said...

Funny, David. Very funny. :-)

prashant said...

Have a great weekend, everyone!
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