Great opening lines draw us in, making it impossible for us to turn away and great last lines linger long, long after we’ve read the end. Two of my favorite first and last lines come from Stephen King’s work.
“The man in Black fled across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed.” The Gunslinger (1982). Ooh…I know I want to follow them both. Don’t you?
“lady fingers they taste like lady fingers.” Survivor Type (1982). That one even makes my husband shiver and he’s never read the story.
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to write either the opening or closing lines of a story. Start us off with a bang or leave us begging for more. As usual, any genre will do and the word count limit is 100.
Here’s how it all works:
- Prompt: Create the first or last line of a story.
- Genre: Anything goes. Mystery, Western, romance, historical fiction, alternate history, steam punk, science fiction, horror, fantasy, slip-stream, or whatever.
- Word count: 100 words.
- How to share: You can put it up on your blog and link here or (if you don’t have a blog) you can email (sonia DOT m DOT writes AT gmail DOT com) it to me and I’ll put it in a post for you.
- Time limit: From now until the next challenge is posted in June.
- Prizes: No…no prizes. Just the reward of a story well written.
There were some fabulous stories for the March Writing Challenge. I’ll be updating this post with links to them all shortly. In the mean time, cruise on over and read them here (in the comments).
I’ll posting over at the Life List Club tomorrow. Come on by and say hello.
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