Tuesday, April 24, 2012
"I don't know what to do about my husband's new wife."
Is that a great opening line or what? When I read it, a story flew into my head entirely different than the one that Molly Giles wrote in her story "Pie Dance." She is a terrific writer and did a great job with this surprising story though. Mine may not be nearly as good as hers, but it will be quite different.
So I'm going to write that story. I don't think stealing a first line is verboten.
So here's an idea if not a real challenge because it's been too soon. (Although I am afraid I will forget this idea if I wait). Pick a great opening line to someone's novel or story and write a completely different story. You don't even have to read the original work. Just steal the first line.
In the meantime, what are some of the great opening lines? Maybe I can get more ideas for stories from you.