For those who need a translation, this great writing prompt, or hook to a fabulous first novel, reads “Dear General, I am mailing you five million dollars in this envelope.” It was composed by one of the BlogLily household’s resident young adult fiction writers, probably when he should have been taking the dog for a walk.
I found it the other day on the kitchen counter when I was cleaning up the house. Beyond admiring the way it used our recycling pile to great effect, I was struck by the many different ways one could go after writing this sentence. I can’t wait to read the rest.
I love writing the first sentences of things. I am not always so crazy about the next sentence. Here’s the one that came to me the other day when I was in the shower, “Their hearts broke at the same moment, on the same day, one hundred years apart.” Oh, if only I knew enough about what people ate and wore and spoke about in 1907, I might actually be able to write the kind of story I love to read, the one about the links between the people in the past and the people in the present.
For now, I’m going to have to stick to writing stories about women in 2007, something I actually do know about, as long as I keep my eyes and ears open.