Friday, August 20, 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 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

The play Рfor which Briony had designed the posters, programs and tickets, constructed the sales booth out of a folding screen tipped on its side, and lined the collection box in red cr̻pe paper Рwas written by her in a two-day tempest of composition, causing her to miss a breakfast and a lunch...


Candy said...

Now she was ready,her lines, make up, and moves perfect, her heart pounding as it always did before a performance. She stood in the wings waiting, surely Mummy and Daddy would come this time. Briony waited...and waited...

The nurse, watching from the hallway, started as the doctor came up behind her.
"Is she doing it again?" he said.
"Like I told you, every Saturday night."
"I used to watch her movies when I was a kid. She was beautiful."
"I was too young, but she won a couple of Oscars, didn't she?"
They watched, saw the old woman's shoulders sag. saw the glint of tears, and the head droop.
"Come on!" the nurse grasped the doctor's hand and pulled him into the room towards the two empty chairs.
Briony's head lifted and her face became beautiful with joy. "Mummy! Daddy! You came!" she whispered.
And Briony's last show began.

Laura Martone said...

Ooh, interesting, Candy, especially considering the true age of Briony in the novel!