Given First Line
Begin with this famous opener.
"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board."
So begins the exceptional novel by American author Zora Neale Hurston. If you haven’t read Their Eyes Were Watching God
, we recommend picking it up at your local library. In the meantime, dear writers, borrow Hurston’s stellar first line and use it as a launching point for your own piece of writing.
Your story could be in the voice of a character from the original work or you could use the line as the start of something completely new, unrelated to Hurston’s novel.
As you craft your beginning, remember to join your own writing as seamlessly as possible to this first line, as WtW's Gabriel Goodwin does here
. You may even try retaining some element of the voice so that the reader can't detect any change in style.