Man, can that set a tone and impression. So I've come up with a little exercise, creating ten opening lines. I didn't stress over it, just had fun, jotting down the first ideas that came to my mind.
This is a good exercise to do when you're stumped in your current WIP or anytime, really. It can get those creative juices flowing and charge ideas you didn't even know you had.
~ My ice cream cone fell next to the dead body.
~ I couldn't hear him, on account of the chainsaw.
~ The moment he saw her fall, he knew there was no turning back.
~ It was that way in a small town: private business is everyone's business.
~ The woman gave me a haughty grin as she passed me the lead pipe.
~ Peering over the seat, I saw him.
~ I held the metal tool above my head, ready to strike.
~ His heartbeat played a lullaby against my spine.
~ I had no idea what was coming, and if I had I wouldn't have stepped into the booth.
~ The makeup went on clean, covering up last night.
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This is from my current YA novel: The first time it happens I am six years old and sitting next to a severed Barbie doll head.