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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Once Upon a Time

I remember when "Once Upon a Time" lured me into stories where I could be guaranteed a handsome prince, a few elves, and maybe a unicorn. These words promised an adventure and hours of enjoyment.

I still read the beginning of books that I consider buying and it's those opening words that either capture my interest or don't. I thought it might be interesting to see what kinds of openings grab people.

So, here's a challenge. Once a month (this is not a contract, but a goal) I'll post a story type: Young Adult Adventure or Romance or Fantasy. And then I'll write an opening (no more than one sentence, but it doesn't have to be a sentence).

I'd love to see what kinds of other opening lines you'll contribute. Hey, maybe I'll think of a prize for the BEST STORY OPENING--one I won't be eligible to win.

So how about this month we play with that YA Adventure story? Here's how my story would start.

I've kept the secret for almost three months, but I have to tell someone soon because I've only got another week before it'll be too late.

14 comments:

  1. Dead was not how I'd planned to start the weekend, but when you piss off a vampire, it can happen.



    This is going to be fun!

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  2. Everything started the day Nifron died.

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  3. When I snapped its arm off at the elbow, I almost apologized, forgetting for a second it was only a manikin.

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  4. That does sound like an interesting first line!

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  5. good opening line! gotta think on this... :D

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  6. Here's mine--

    The smell of rubbing alcohol wafted through the nurse’s office. Too bad it wasn’t the other kind after the day I’d had.

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  7. Good grief! How am I going to choose from these super openings? I may have to consult with some more YA Adventure readers.

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  8. Here's mine from my WIP. I feel like I have rewritten my first page at least a hundred times. Oh wait, I have rewritten my first page over a hundred times. Thanks for having this contest.

    Once again Tyler Lucas locked his eyes on his intended target.

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  9. The next time someone wants me to keep a secret, I'll do something easy instead--like baptize a cat.

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  10. I'm sending these over to the judges, guys! Thanks for entering.

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  11. Okay. This is rough and stretching the rules, but here's my try.

    Summer plodded to its end while time raced toward the start of school. It was a paradox--a word I know well, since I am one myself.

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  12. Karly knew it was too late to cancel the Brownie picnic even though there was a chance someone might spot Mr. Healey's chopped off head bobbing up and down on the water.

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  13. Now what are my judges going say about this? Can this be another great Wendy story in the making?

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  14. I've contacted everyone who left a way for me to do so.

    Thanks for entries. I had to call in a third judge to make the call. You an read her comment in the Opening Lines--Winner!!!post.

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