Wednesday, May 7, 2008

When the lights went off the accompanist kissed her.
BEL CANTO, Ann Patchett

We have been lost to each other for so long.
THE RED TENT – Anita Diamant

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower), Stephen King

"The women of this family leaned towards extremes."
AWAY Jane Urquhart.

There were 117 psychoanalysts on the Pan Am flight to Vienna
and I’d been treated by at least six of them.

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

The first sentence of a novel has the opportunity to propel you into a different world. Every novel is a fresh start, a beginning. A first sentence either sweeps you off your feet or causes you to put down the book and move on to the next. Here is a challenge: Write a first sentence to a novel. Don’t be afraid it’s just a sentence. Either make it great or awful. If you are aiming for awful see the site below for guidelines.

Not up to the challenge? Then just write a bizarre or interesting one. For example. The pickles bobbed in the jar before her but she didn't have the courage to eat even one more.

Even easier: post your favorite fist sentence of a novel


Mattie said...

Having situational tension you could cut with a knife, that was bearable; this time it was different, like something out of a Stephen King novel with no end in sight.

Alex said...

nice mattie!
(thinking of one now)

Dan said...

It was the same every time, the decayed lump in the gut, the splash of the heart against ribs, the suddenly stale mouth, goosebumps and sweat, and the pale clammy hands that seemed to belong to someone else.

Dan said...

My favorite first line

"A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead."
Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

Graham Greene happens to be the father of the modern spy novel and spawned Fleming,LeCarre, Follet, Forsyth and Clancy.

I loved this post, can you tell?

Jen said...

"vanity working on a weak mind produces every kind of mischief" Jane Austen--my fave.
Good one Missy! I keep a blank book for quotes on hand when I'm reading so I've gathered a few over the years.
Keep up the writing!

Tan said...

I'll throw one out for Ray since he's AWOL..."In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly-fishing." River Runs Through it, Norman Maclean

I know...I'm late. No one is going to read this. Sigh...