Nancy Hendrickson challenges writers to create a great second line

A Great First Line Needs a Great Second Line – #challenge87

Nancy Hendrickson challenges writers to create a great second line

We all know great first lines like these:

  1. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. (A Tale of Two Cities)
  2. Call me Ishmael. (Moby Dick)
  3. Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. (David Copperfield)
  4. Mother died today. (The Stranger)
  5. Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. (Mrs. Dalloway)
  6.  In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. (A Farewell to Arms)
  7. The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. (The Red Badge of Courage)
  8. Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person.  (Back When We Were Grownups)
  9. It was a pleasure to burn. (Fahrenheit 451)
  10. He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. (The Old Man and the Sea)

And I think those great first lines deserve an equally memorable second. So your challenge this week is to write that great second line for any of these 10 examples. It can relate to the book that’s it’s taken from or not. The road is wide and the horizon limitless. Write on!

And if you’re on Twitter or Instagram (I’m @nhendricksonauthor) use the hashtag #challenge87 and I’ll post your sentences here. (and if you don’t have enough room on Twitter, post here using the comments box below).



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