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Opening Lines

February 29, 2012
Open door, follow Alice, one step at a time

Open door, follow Alice, one step at a time

Don’t know what happened there but when I pressed publish the text disappeared so here is what I wanted to tell you.

‘Create opening lines which are like portals to a whole new universe’ was the second creative writing tip in the  20+12 tips for 2012 post.  (Perhaps my previous words went to a whole new universe when I pressed publish for this post).  Anyway, I was wondering if you had tackled this exercise yet.  If not, think back to the opening lines that you remember from books that you have read.  My favourite is:

‘In the crypt of the abbey church at Hallowdene, the monks were boiling their bishop.’

This is the opening line of Sylvian Hamilton’s The Bone-Peddlar.  When I read it I did a double-take as the question ‘What?’ rang through my mind.  Of course I read on to discover the mediaeval world of relic trafficking.  As it happens it was on the news the other day that relics are becoming sought after again.  I’ll leave you to mull that one over.

In the meantime the opening line to Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,’ is the starting point for writing a poem reflecting how you feel about 2012.  For details of how to enter this open poetry competition linked to Barnard Castle’s Winning Words project for the cultural Olympics 2012 see:


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