Road Trip Time
Welcome to another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival wherein the lovely ladies of YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and the contributors and readers (like me!) answer it on their own blogs.
This week’s question is:
What are your favorite first lines?
How do your own WiPs start?
One my newest favorite books is Gone. It has the best opening line ever:
One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. The next minute he was gone.
DAMN! Seriously. Talk about a hook. The whole book is about living in a world without adults and bam first line all the adults are GONE.
There's no messing around there.
As for myself, I've been struggling for a LONG time on how to start How to Pwn nOObz. Almost EVERY draft has had a new opening. I"m going to start revising it for the 14th time soon. Probably while the rest of the writing world is working on Nanowrimo.
This time I think I know where to start. This time I think I've got it. But sure I"ve said that 13 other times as well.
But my other WIPs New York Karma- it's opening line is, "My g-string is so far up my ass it's an organ."
For Penny and Hank the opening line is, "Trapped. Every morning I wake with the same thought, I'm trapped in this POS town."
Sometime the opening line comes to me right away. I sit down and POOF like magic it happens. Three complete drafts of NYK and the opening line hasn't changed at all.
Other times, it's a slow and horrible process like How to pwn nOObz.
I have no magically formula, if I did, I'd sell it and make my millions on that, instead of teaching. :-)