Here’s a little something to keep you going until I’m back.
Louise Doughty, who runs the Short Story Club (and monthly competition) in The Telegraph (sorry to keep going on about it, but I think it’s good!), ran a little exercise recently for the ‘worst opening line for a short story.’
You can read some of them here – and they’re so bad, they’re good. And there is a Scottish link (very tenuous, but still…) as some of the excellent examples given are by ‘BonnieLassie’.
It’s interesting stuff. Writing a first line of a short story or a novel is not easy. You’ve got to intrigue and make the reader want to read on BUT you can’t put too much in, or it’s off-putting.
I am a bit worried though. According to Ms Doughty, ‘characters in bad stories …always rummage in handbags’. Eek. I’m sure I’ve had a handbag-rummager in one of my stories – well, haven’t you?!
If you missed the article in the Telegraph and you feel inspired to have a go at a terrible first line, please feel free to post one or two here, for our delectation and delight!
And now I’m away to practice my Scottish accent! Och aye the nooooo!