One Liners…

Sometimes, the simplest of sentences can provide a wealth of entertainment. I think that a gifted writer can craft a sentence that encompasses enough information to be interesting… without giving away the plot. The sentence should feel familiar yet cause great curiosity. They often make great opening lines of novels… drawing the reader in, keeping them engaged enough to want to keep reading. Like “Call me Ishmael.” from the classic Moby Dick. Or, “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” from 1984. “All children, except one, grow up” – Peter Pan, the novel; and finally, “You better not never tell nobody but God” – The Color Purple

You get the gist.

That same sentence can spurn the reader to surmise his/her own conclusion… and given that the reader has a bit of creativity… they’ll be able to comprise their own story… perhaps even with a beginning, a protagonist, a middle, a requisite cliff-hanger and the end.

So here are a few little diddys (diddies?) I’ve been toying with…. see if they spawn a story or at least a prose for you to call your own. And let me know if you have a favorite.

From amidst the fray, came 12 frenzied shop owners. But only 2 had Barcaloungers.

“She was a bit scrappy”, Chris said. “And I liked it”.

Once Tina decided she liked the smell of pencil shavings, she was able to hold her head high.

Things started to get a bit out of hand… but that’s the way Marty had planned it.

“Perhaps slinging applesauce will create enough of a diversion”, thought Sarah as she slowly strapped on her knee pads.

“But alas, no more”, pondered Kevin, who used to take delight in this kind of torture.

“When I was younger… I had more sense. Now, it’s just a matter of stupid luck and happenstance.”

The frenzied crowd parted to show a tall, lanky fellow… somber and awkward… carrying what appeared to be the replica of a once renowned universal truth.



5 thoughts on “One Liners…

  1. This reminded me of one my favorite Hemingway stories- only six words long:“For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn”Good ones, Deb.Parvathi.

  2. “She was a bit scrappy”, Chris said. “And I liked it”.-this is definitely a conversation taking place at a pub among a group of guys.

  3. i like the last two! the one about stupid luck could be a really funny story, i think.also…1984 has one of my favorite quotes of all time, but it’s not the opening line.“Perhaps a lunatic is simply a minority of one.”

  4. I want to know more about Kevin! Sounds like a case of reformed sadism…? But the question is… is he a sympathetic character? Do tell!

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