I’m taking the MOOC on “How Writers Write Fiction,” over at http://courses.writinguniversity.org/course/how-writers-write-fiction and having fun. Last week’s class was on opening lines and I discovered two wonderful methods that I used to create the following one liners. Would you keep reading after these?
Once when they were young, upon a ragged, makeshift boat, time was thin and they knew their childhood was drowning.
Someone obviously failed to take their medicine this morning.
Glass jars lined the shelf, their dead fruits preserved for posterity.
Papered plants, in a little plastic wrapped box, ignored the tiny inked warning; their unbroken seal read, “Nothing about this cigarette, packaging, or color should be interpreted to mean safer.”
The flashing clock lied its message into the cold grooves of my tiled soul; the window poured grief out of rhythm.
The wet metal railing above the whirring pavement below left a water line on my jeans.