Take your favourite book. What’s its first line?
We’re going to use that as the base, but here’s a few rules.
- Try not to work in the same genre as that book.
- None of the characters can be facsimiles of the characters from your chosen book.
Now, you need to take that line and change it a bit. Give it a new tone. If it was an optimistic line, make it dark and gloomy. If it was a ‘dark and stormy night’ your line could become something like ‘it was a brilliant golden dawn promising a glorious day’.
You don’t have to go polar opposite though, you can go on a tangent. Dark and stormy night becomes ‘a blustery afternoon were a simulation of early dusk came from oncoming storm clouds’.
Use you new line and go crazy.