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Is the phrase "Once upon a time..."
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Monthly Writing Prompt
For this month's writing prompt write a scene using the following sentence to start;

The streets were deserted. Where was everyone? Where had they all gone?

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Our monthly writing tips are written by our very own TerishD. You can read more in Terish's Blog located in "The Abstractions" area of the forum.

Look Back

When not able to write ahead, it helps to look back. In my case I had written a paragraph ahead of the story. What I needed to do was add a section of exposition (talking) presenting some facts. In going back, I realized that I could insert a section where a 'tour' of the surroundings could be done. This allowed for character interaction, story development, and other things that enabled me to present the facts in an entertaining manner.

One should not face a writer's block with the mentality of bursting through it. I have found in my own experience that a writer's block is usually due to my mind indicating that it has a problem in 'channeling' the story. One reason might be a re-imagining of certain story points. Another reason however is that there is a problem in where you are at in the story, so you need to look back and find out the problem with the 'journey' that prevents the tale from advancing.

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PostSubject: Favorite First Line...   March 4th 2009, 7:05 pm

What do you believe is the best opening line in Literature?

To be honest, there is only one that I can currently remember off the top of my head and it is; "Call me Ishmael" and of course it is from Moby Dick.

What are some of the opening lines you remember?

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PostSubject: Reply   March 4th 2009, 11:39 pm

It was a dark and stormy night.

If you cannot think of a better opening line, you might as well not start the story.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite First Line...   March 4th 2009, 11:44 pm

"True!-nervous-very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? " The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.

This was the story that inspired me to write horror. And that line really gets me.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite First Line...   June 26th 2009, 7:48 pm

"FOR the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief." The first line of The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

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"One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug." The first line of The Metamorphosis by Frank Kafka.


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