Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.
- Sam Keen
The close of our first lengthy Trifecta challenge also marks the return to normalcy here at Trifecta. Thank you for playing along as we switched things up a little on you this past month. We are excited to dip into your longer pieces, relieved that we gave ourselves an extra week to enjoy them, and anxious about having to choose a favorite (or three). Tune in next Friday for the results of that challenge.
For this weekend, we want to play on an oft-noted literary concept: that of the opening line of a book (also known as an incipit, if you're fancy). A great first line can reel in the audience, set the pace for the entire piece, and make for an enjoyable read right off the bat. Conversely, a weak opening can lose readers before the characters even have a chance. There are lots of great sites and books dealing with the idea of the incipit. Here's just one.
What we want you to do this weekend is to give us a 33-word opening line to your book. That's it. Make us want to read the next 333 pages of your work. If you want to make the challenge more interesting, you could title your submission with the genre of your book, though this is not required. What is required is that you have fun with it.