Good Thursday morning, writers! I hope your week has been productive and your mental coffers are overflowing with ideas.
Today I’m going to be featuring some awesome first lines from the “Ten First Lines” exercise, as well as a few of my own. But first, down to business.
I realize we aren’t all poets here. I know that some of you have more the mind for long and involved stories. But, sometimes when time is limited a quick little scribble of something is better than nothing at all. Often, I find that these little scraps of creativity can lead me to a good short story or even get me over a plot problem in something I’m working on.
So today, your exercise is to experiment with the dreaded 9th grade (probably earlier nowadays) assignment of writing 2 to 3 haikus, alternately and if you are of the mind, you may write limericks (but no pilfering the dirty ones that still remain stuck in your head long after algebra has disappeared).
If you need a refresher, the haiku is a form of poetry, originated in Japan, following a syllabic structure in three lines. 5, 7, 5.
“A World of Dew” by Kobayashi Issa
A world of dew,
And within every dewdrop
A world of struggle.
(Hey, wait, that first line only has 4, Sarah!)
Yep, that’s the thing, sometimes poets will play with the rule as long as they stay in the general confines of brevity for big ideas. such as this:
“In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
If we make a break after ‘apparition’ it works in format, but Ezra’s point was to keep that flow of the first 12 syllables of ideas all together.
It’s not so rigid as your English school marm might have made it out to be. We’re adults, we can play.
Give me some good ones and I’ll share mine next time.
Speaking of sharing…here are some fantastic lines, the first two from our good friend and down right amazing human being, sid sibo:
- It’s frickin’ hard to turn the page on a petroglyph story panel.
- Stars brushed their gleaming fangs and the air itself glittered with frigid crystals.
- WorkEatSleep was no life at all, not for a black rhinoceros, her skin slicked with ancient dust from a glorious continent.
No matter how you spin it, that lady is brilliant.
Here’s a few bites of the odd from my own homework:
My inflatable kiddie pool was infested by porcupines, high off my neighbors discarded edible gummies.
The toy monkey clapped at my ability to darn my own socks, still on.
Two, bonded-for-life redtails mocked her and her single membership gym card.
Okay. That’s all for today.
Hell…if you’re a romantic, work on something for your significant other early before that made up holiday hits us next week.
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(I’m so exited I could join those porcupines.)