Sharing WIP Lines Via Twitter Hashtags – A Calendar

We all love to share tidbits/teasers of our work. I know I do! Something on Twitter that has been gaining attention and attraction are the hashtag games hosted by other writers. If you wish to participate, there is one for every day of the week. In order to keep up, I decided to write this short blog post on it.

If there is one you know about that I didn’t list, please let me know, so I can update this list! Follow the hashtags and writers for the themes and rules.

 

MONDAY: #MuseMon hosted by @Claribel_Ortega

TUESDAY: #2BitTues hosted by @AngDonofrio

WEDNESDAY: #1lineWed hosted by @RWAKissofDeath

THURSDAY: #ThruLineThurs hosted by @Madd_Fictional and @GurlKnoesSciFi

#Thurds hosted by @iamfunkhauser

FRIDAY: #FictFri hosted by @Gracie_DeLunac

#FP hosted by @LoonyMoonyLara and @AdeleSGray, you can also follow @FridayPhrases

#FriDare hosted by @micascotti

SATURDAY: #SlapDashSat hosted by @Madd_Fictional (no themes, no rules)

SUNDAY: #SunWIP hosted by @JudyLMohr

Also, seek out #WIPJoy for a list of daily questions and/or themes about your WIP. Hosted on certain months by @simmeringmind

Seeking my opening line

The opening line of a novel is one of the worst struggles for writers.

It has been my worst obstacle ever since I started writing my manuscript. I have changed it so many times, but still haven’t found the one. Here I am, still revising and searching.

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There are so many types of opening lines out there.

Inspirational

Impactful

Simple

Vivid

Surprising

Or, perhaps, opening lines are a combination of these.

As a part of my journey, I have researched other lines for my own inspiration. If you’d like to check out some ideas here are a few:

100 Best First Lines of Novels

38 Best First Lines in Novels

Hook, Line and Sinker

I went to my TBR pile and listed first lines out of the following books:

I hate First Friday. – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Joost had two problems: the moon and his mustache. – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Quentin did a magic trick. Nobody noticed. – The Magicians by Lev Grossman

When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic. – The Selection by Kiera Cass

So, here is where you come in. The next step of my mission to find the opening line is to ask my writer friends to read the following potential lines and vote for their favorite. Or, come up with another version. Friendly critiques are welcome!


Line 1: I stared at the blue door with anguish.

Line 2: The blue door that once gave me passage for comfort, now wrenched my heartstrings.

Line 3: The other side of this blue door would never be the same.

Line 4: The blue door never stood in my way before now.


And for perspective, here is the rest of the opening after the first line:

Today would be the first time I entered the coffee shop without seeing my dad behind the counter. Through the cracked window, I watched the busy morning picking up. Business as usual. Another customer breezed past me and swung open the blue door without hesitation. My chest rattled and a tingle encroached my skin. A savory medium roast escaped through the old door and cloaked my senses, attempting to hug my soul. But the distinct coffee fragrance was absent of my dad’s presence.


Thank you for your time! If I can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Day 256: 9 Words to Get Rid of In Your Writing

I’m currently in the major revision cycle! This helped me a ton!

In the Garden of Eva

YESTERDAY’S STATS:

# of pages written: 8.5

# of literary mags submitted to: 2

I have a flash fiction piece coming out in Compose Journal this spring, and recently the fiction editor asked me to look at a “few little things” that needed reworking in my story. She had uploaded my story onto google docs, and all three of the Compose editors had made comments. A lot of comments. I went through and responded to them, and they commented back. We haggled a bit when I didn’t want to switch the order of two sentences or get rid of a word I thought was necessary.

But I did end up deleting words, reworking a few sentences, and adding a new description to the ending. Through it all, they encouraged and supported me. This, I thought, my heart swelling, must be what it feels like to have a really great editor…

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Character Eye Descriptions: The Window to Your Story

Get away from the cliches. Eyes are windows to the soul blog post from @SharlaWrites. #writetip #amwriting #writingtips

Writers In The Storm Blog

By Sharla Rae, @SharlaWrites

Sharla_EyePhotopinIf poets are to be believed,eyes are the windows to the soul.

Rather than using clichéd or common descriptions,why not use “explicit” eye descriptions to give your reader a real peek into a character’s psyche?

I’ll touch on eye color, movement, and appearance and, of course, I have some helpful lists to inspire ideas.

Eye color

It’s a given that writers mention eye color as a character feature. Color can be mentioned every so often to remind readers what the character looks like. But! Don’t hit them over the head with it.

Besides using eye color as a facial feature it can sometimes be used to identify who is speaking especially if the color distinctive.

Blue eyes widened and she threw up both hands. “Now hold on a minute.”
OR
Her amber cat eyes narrowed. “xxxx”

A character might have plain old blue or brown…

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