Every story starts with a first line. For me, that line is crucial - I fumble around with my storytelling until I have the perfect, reel-you-in first line. At least, a first line that reels ME in and keeps me writing. Whether the rest of my tale can live up to that first sentence or not, for me it has to be there to propel the plot forward.
I've written bits and pieces of BODIE'S MEN, my novel about a female Marine lieutenant struggling with a love triangle, taking care of her platoon after coming home from Iraq, and a difficult relationship with her disappointed parents. But it wasn't until today that I came up with that first line, while sweating in spin class and trying to think of something besides my burning thighs, pounding techno and the instructor yelling "And SPRINT! SPRINT! IT SHOULD HURT!"
Why yes, yes it should.
Are you ready?
Despite all the drunken promises we made to always be there for each other, it was days before I found out Josh lost his legs.
I guess I'm ready to write.
What do you need to start a story? A first line, a vision of the ending?