Writing Prompt: Opening Lines #1

Take the opening line of a novel and use it as the trigger for a piece of writing. You don’t have to use it in the same way it’s used in the novel – you could go off on a tangent or take it completely out of context if you like. Write for 30 minutes. Choose your own line or use the one below:

“In our different ways, we were all on the verge of nervous breakdowns when the message came through.”

(from In Arcadia by Ben Okri)

Read my version of this exercise here: How a writing exercise seeded The Shining Ones




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