Lea Zeqiri, Wanton Redhead, had a fun post here. Not the part where she refers to herself as an idiot. If you follow Lea, you will know that she is far from it. She's really nothing short of brilliant (see her profile if you doubt me!).
So...I've pulled open my NaNo project, which remains titleless. It's Dystopian. Let's take a look, shall we? First and last lines from my first five chapters. Keep in mind - this has not been touched. I am just now opening and reading through it. What you read is what I wrote in November 2010. Also, it's a mess. I started in 3rd limited, but my MC decided she wanted to tell the story herself so in the second chapter it because 1st person past tense. After a few more chapters, she wanted it in present tense so there it went. It's convenient that it's all over the map given that it's the end of the world as she knows it, she's losing everything and being carted off to god knows where without her family. This will all be corrected in the rewrites, though - not the situation, the writing.
Okay, enough with the apologies...buckle up, and let's go for a ride!
CHAPTER 1 - THE SCHOOL
1. The first explosion rocked the room, sending her books flying off the desk.
2. The car lurched forward, screeching out of the school parking lot into the chaos that surrounded it.
CHAPTER 2 - THE LIMO
1. I felt like I was in the spin cycle of my mother's washing machine, churning through the destruction.
2. I lunged, an animal like cry escaping my lips.
CHAPTER 3 - THE HANGER
1. He caught my wrist, twisted until I yelped and dropped the pen, then yanked me out of the backseat.
2. She was out. **
CHAPTER 4 - THE JET
1. I braced myself as the plane raced down the runway.
2. Before he could finish, the door burst open.
CHAPTER 5 - THE HOUSE
1. Bright, white light blinded me.
2. "I told them it wasn't a good idea," Meredith says.
**This reminds me of the summer that my parents decided to send me to some Bible Camp with my next door neighbor. I was ten. We were supposed to memorize a Bible verse as an assignment. I picked the shortest one that I could find. I don't remember which book it was in or what the number was, but...He wept. That was it. Two words. Simple! My friend said it was "cheating." There hadn't been any rules stated so the teacher gave me credit for it. For some reason, that three word line brought back that memory.
What about you - anyone want to post the first and last lines of their current projects or NaNo projects?
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