Some of my favorite writing exercises give you first lines to start you off. The assignment I was given two days ago was to come up with 20 possible first lines. Some I don’t like at all, and because of this
my motivation was pretty low that day. Instead of following the cat’s lead, I cranked out 20 first lines and finished the assignment with a list of possible scenes for Act I.
These are my twenty possible opening lines:
1. I thought insanity would be more relaxing.
2. I already had their graves staked out.
3. At this point of my life, I thought I’d be something more.
4. I was being held hostage.
5. My husband hated me.
6. I had to save myself, because nobody else would.
7. Everything that had made me who I was had been chewed up and spit out.
8. Somewhere between “I do” and today, I had ceased to exist.
9. This was not my life.
10. Maybe life was a ‘Choose your own adventure’ and I had chosen the wrong path.
11. Everything was falling apart around me.
12. There was no place to hide.
13. It was a warm spring day when my life shattered around me.
14. I was bumping around like a car with a blowout, being pulled in a direction I didn’t want to go.
15. The headline said ‘Woman Dead at 36’ and I had to double check and make sure it wasn’t me.
16. The clothes in m closet were meant for a different woman.
17. The thing about a treadmill is you never go anywhere, and it turned out my life was like that.
18. I thought about smothering him with a pillow, but instead satisfied my rage by placing tater tots all over his face.
19. I didn’t find God, God found me.
20. They should make pregnancy tests out of metal, it would make it easier to stab yourself.
Now on to ACT II.