Sonia G. Medeiros’ April-May Writing Challenge: First Impressions and Famous Last Words


This month’s challenge asks participants “to write either the opening or closing lines of a story.”  Sonia mentions one of the most famous opening lines (and personally one of my favorite) from Stephen King’sGunslinger“:

“The man in Black fled across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed.”

I do a fair amount of free writing that borders on ranting, so during my daily exercise I decided to focus on possible opening/closing lines.  Here is the opener that Zeus-ed me this afternoon:

The first time I clawed my way out of heaven I had to go back because I forgot my watch.  The second time someone clocked me, and whispered, “you’re late.”

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8 thoughts on “Sonia G. Medeiros’ April-May Writing Challenge: First Impressions and Famous Last Words

    1. I’m thinking of doing a short piece based off the aforementioned line. We’ll see if I can actually flesh something out decent from it. Thanks for the comment and the read, Sonia!

    1. Thank you! Stephen King is definitely one of my favorite authors, and “The Eyes of the Dragon” and “The Gunslinger” are somewhere on my intangible list of all time books. I just finally getting around to reading the “Wizard and the Glass,” so that I can read his newest Dark Tower novel, “The Wind in the Keyhole” later this month.

      1. Actually those would make a great review, he has many writing lessons to teach people. Thanks for the inspiration!

      2. As soon as I wrap up “Wizard and the Glass” I’ll probably write a review along the same vein as my “11/22/63” post, and I would love to read the revised edition of the “Gunslinger,” but in all honestly I’m slightly fearful. On one hand it’s was revised by King and I should have a little faith, but on the other I don’t want the revisions to tarnish the nostalgia of one of my favorite novels. I think in the end though, I’ll bite the bullet and read it.

  1. Yeah, I like that. Time itself can make a great secondary character, and I sense the potential of that recurring theme. And the last line would be…?

    1. You’re absolutely right; time would would make a stellar secondary character, especially woven slightly throughout the narrative. This might be something I’ll have to dabble in–perhaps a bit of poetry on your end? As for the last line it would probably read something like this: “I wound my most prized possession and tipped my Bowler to Azazel–as if to say…”Goodbye, old friend.”

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