Friday, July 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 – it's one of my favorites!

(Incidentally, the last opener was from Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since...


Candy said...

"If the world isn't a better place with you in it, either shape up or get out." I've been thinking about that lately and have come to the conclusion that I'd better get out. That's why I'm standing on this cliff, with the surf slapping jagged rocks below me. A few moments and I will have followed my father's advice. He should be proud of me.
Something flaps to the ground nearby. A red, white and blue kite. The wind whips and tumbles it toward the cliff's edge but I catch it just in time and it rises again to the end of its string and soars, dancing joyously.
I turn and guide it toward the distant running boy.
OK Dad, you gave me two choices, can I change my mind and settle on the first one?

Olivia Harper said...

Very dark, Candy. Personally, I'm glad you opted for the second choice. Hopefully, your dad would be, too.

Faldur said...

"Don't shoot until you see the whites of its eyes," but that's closer than I would prefer to be to a nightstalker.

Of course, if I miss, it will come even closer still.

Josiah said...

He told me, "Seeking love is like seeking gold. It's hidden and precious. It requires that you take risks - and endure the journey."

I've always been willing to match my wits against Mother Earth to discover gold. However, I find myself unwilling to extend the same effort with love.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Why, Josiah? Love is more precious than gold - I'm young, and even I know that.

Faldur said...

Mother Earth won't fall in love with someone else, Nutmeg. Or grow tired of you. Or die.

Candy said...

I'm not so sure about that. She's pretty fickle too. sometimes, what with her floods, droughts, earthquakes etc. Not much love there.

Josiah said...

Indeed, Faldor is right.

Mother Earth (so far) is still with us. And to me, she seems straightforward. There's not much subterfuge or coquettishness. You must respect her, but her rules are fair. Though truth be known, I think we still don't know all her tempers - or how to humor her.

But she doesn't fall in love with others - and her requirements are plain. Respect, honor, and acknowledgement that everything is connected.

You see, that's what's so disheartening about this lawsuit. I RECOGNIZED my invention was polluting her domain. And I tried to change the course. But the mine owners and government officials wouldn't follow me.

How do you stop a mudslide once it's in motion? That's the story I don't know how to tell - but I'm trying.