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Monthly writing prompts for the casual writer.
Monthly writing prompts for the casual writer.

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FIRST LINE FRIDAY
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It's that time again! Here were the winning first lines (tied for the most plusses) from June 28:

"C'mon, lamebrain: We land in the middle of a desert in a cardboard box with an old car door, a​ ​ceiling fan, a grandfather clock and a cat attached to it with zebra-striped duck tape, and ​t​he first sign of civilization that we see are people wearing blue-striped wigs and skirts shrieking in terror as a herd of camels stampedes across the sand-- one hundred percent screams that our time machine actually worked!" - +Avigail Goldberg 

"Don't let anyone else put a slug in that black heart," the gunslinger called across a deserted street, "If'n you survive today I'll kill you soon," and the pact was made, that their feud will only end the day Blake kills Marshall or Marshall kills Blake, though neither suspected that their pact would outlive their children, the town, the old West, and the whole 20th Century. - +Angel Wedge 

So now, little writers, your job is to post your own winning first line, something that will hook readers to your writing. Try not to use a first line from any of your current projects, and do not use a first line from something you've published. Be spontaneous!

Please remember that this is a first line competition, not a first paragraph competition. You are limited to one sentence. Outrageous usage of punctuation is acceptable (commas, semi-colons, etc). Playing off of each others' first lines is also acceptable.

There is no limit to submissions. If you thought of five different first lines, go ahead and post them all (but be sure to put them in separate comments... don't dump them all in one comment box.) However, I will lock comments on Sunday night, so get those first lines out of your system as soon as possible.

Have fun! :D

FIRST LINE FRIDAY
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It's that time again! Here was the winning first line (the most plusses) from June 14:

Adam always resented being called "little," vowing someday that he would be the biggest person on the planet; he just wasn't expecting someday to wake up the next day big enough to wear his house.. - +Jeff Baker 

So now, little writers, your job is to post your own winning first line, something that will hook readers to your writing. Try not to use a first line from any of your current projects, and do not use a first line from something you've published. Be spontaneous!

Please remember that this is a first line competition, not a first paragraph competition. You are limited to one sentence. Outrageous usage of punctuation is acceptable (commas, semi-colons, etc). Playing off of each others' first lines is also acceptable.

There is no limit to submissions. If you thought of five different first lines, go ahead and post them all (but be sure to put them in separate comments... don't dump them all in one comment box.) However, I will lock comments on Sunday night, so get those first lines out of your system as soon as possible.

Have fun! :D

FIRST LINE FRIDAY
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It's that time again! Here was the winning first line (the most plusses) from June 7:

Keri had always wanted to be a dragon, but now that her wish was granted she discovered it's very hard to text without proper hands. - +Rose Johnson 

So now, little writers, your job is to post your own winning first line, something that will hook readers to your writing. Try not to use a first line from any of your current projects, and do not use a first line from something you've published. Be spontaneous!

Please remember that this is a first line competition, not a first paragraph competition. You are limited to one sentence. Outrageous usage of punctuation is acceptable (commas, semi-colons, etc). Playing off of each others' first lines is also acceptable.

There is no limit to submissions. If you thought of five different first lines, go ahead and post them all (but be sure to put them in separate comments... don't dump them all in one comment box.) However, I will lock comments on Sunday night, so get those first lines out of your system as soon as possible.

Have fun! :D

FIRST LINE FRIDAY
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It's that time again! There is no example first line for this week since there were no clear winners from May 31. Try to pull in your fellow pluskins to give your comments some love today ;)

And now, little writers, your job is to post your own winning first line, something that will hook readers to your writing. Try not to use a first line from any of your current projects, and do not use a first line from something you've published. Be spontaneous!

Please remember that this is a first line competition, not a first paragraph competition. You are limited to one sentence. Outrageous usage of punctuation is acceptable (commas, semi-colons, etc). Playing off of each others' first lines is also acceptable.

There is no limit to submissions. If you thought of five different first lines, go ahead and post them all (but be sure to put them in separate comments... don't dump them all in one comment box.) However, I will lock comments on Sunday night, so get those first lines out of your system as soon as possible.

Have fun! :D

FIRST LINE FRIDAY
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It's that time again! Here was the winning first line (the most plusses) from May 17:

Mr Eddingsley (Or the prestigious Eddingsley, Worthing and Hall publishing company) was at a loss: It wasn't that Miss Marplestone's writing was bad (in fact, he hadn't been able to put the manuscript down from beginning to end, thrilling with every twist and turn of the plot), or even that her grammar was bad, it was just that, for an author, she seemed to have a severe phobia of the common period, and had submitted a manuscript consisting of a single, convoluted, over-extended fifty-thousand-word run on sentence, and well all know how hard that can be to read, or at least you should by now ... - +Angel Wedge 

So now, little writers, your job is to post your own winning first line, something that will hook readers to your writing. Try not to use a first line from any of your current projects, and do not use a first line from something you've published. Be spontaneous!

Please remember that this is a first line competition, not a first paragraph competition. You are limited to one sentence. Outrageous usage of punctuation is acceptable (commas, semi-colons, etc). Playing off of each others' first lines is also acceptable.

There is no limit to submissions. If you thought of five different first lines, go ahead and post them all (but be sure to put them in separate comments... don't dump them all in one comment box.) However, I will lock comments on Sunday night, so get those first lines out of your system as soon as possible.

Have fun! :D

FIRST LINE FRIDAY
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It's that time again! Here were the two people that tied for the winning first line (the most plusses) from May 3:

I was sooo hungry, I was NOT gonna spend the time chasing around the room with fork and knife til you got tired. - +Lewis Miranda 

"No, I won't do it," I said, though I knew that I'd do anything Alex asked, even if it meant donning a hot bear suit and standing on a street corner in the middle of July. - +Kim Thirion 

So now, little writers, your job is to post your own winning first line, something that will hook readers to your writing. Try not to use a first line from any of your current projects, and do not use a first line from something you've published. Be spontaneous!

Please remember that this is a first line competition, not a first paragraph competition. You are limited to one sentence. Outrageous usage of punctuation is acceptable (commas, semi-colons, etc). Playing off of each others' first lines is also acceptable.

There is no limit to submissions. If you thought of five different first lines, go ahead and post them all (but be sure to put them in separate comments... don't dump them all in one comment box.) However, I will lock comments on Sunday night, so get those first lines out of your system as soon as possible.

Have fun! :D

FIRST LINE FRIDAY
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It's that time again! Here was the winning first line (the most plusses) from April 26:

I SAID, "if you could just look at me, and not at my horns, the fetid smell and the yellowed claws and fangs, you'd find THAT I REALLY LOVE YOU!!!" - +Lewis Miranda 

So now, little writers, your job is to post your own winning first line, something that will hook readers to your writing. Try not to use a first line from any of your current projects, and do not use a first line from something you've published. Be spontaneous!

Please remember that this is a first line competition, not a first paragraph competition. You are limited to one sentence. Outrageous usage of punctuation is acceptable (commas, semi-colons, etc). Playing off of each others' first lines is also acceptable.

There is no limit to submissions. If you thought of five different first lines, go ahead and post them all (but be sure to put them in separate comments... don't dump them all in one comment box.) However, I will lock comments on Sunday night, so get those first lines out of your system as soon as possible.

Have fun! :D

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If your characters were dinosaurs, what kind would they be and why?

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CHARACTER SOUP
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Who were your main character's (or characters') best friends when they were young children? If your main characters are children, who will their best friends be when they are adults? Write a sandbox scene that is either a flashback or flash forward and show us what these friends are like, for better or worse.

FIRST LINE FRIDAY
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It's that time again! Here were the winning first lines (the most plusses) from April 19:

She would have screamed, but the fact that her head was in a separate jar from her windpipe made doing so quite impossible. - +Avigail Goldberg 

So now, little writers, your job is to post your own winning first line, something that will hook readers to your writing. Try not to use a first line from any of your current projects, and do not use a first line from something you've published. Be spontaneous!

Please remember that this is a first line competition, not a first paragraph competition. You are limited to one sentence. Outrageous usage of punctuation is acceptable (commas, semi-colons, etc). Playing off of each others' first lines is also acceptable.

There is no limit to submissions. If you thought of five different first lines, go ahead and post them all (but be sure to put them in separate comments... don't dump them all in one comment box.) However, I will lock comments on Sunday night, so get those first lines out of your system as soon as possible.

Have fun! :D
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