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01 September 2008 @ 06:40 pm
First Line Meme  
Okay – stole this meme from many people. You’re supposed to grab the first line of the last 20 fics you’ve written, look for patterns, and expound on what you think those patterns say about you as a writer.
I’m cheating a little; I have only 31 stories on LJ, all Supernatural, so I thought I’d take a look at the opening lines of all 31. I was also curious to see if there was a difference between the most recent 20 stories, all of which are 100-word drabbles, and most of the earlier ones, which were longer.
This begins from the most recent story and goes back in time to the very first.  

First Lines: 
Aaaand, the analysis:
Numbers 22, 26, and 28-30 all came from stories of various lengths; all the others came from strict 100-word drabbles. From what I can tell, there’s no difference in the openers that connects to the length of the story, although most of the longer openings came in the drabbles, where they set a somewhat melancholy tone.
My opening hooks tend to be short. I often open with dialogue, usually in the middle of an already ongoing conversation or action. Even where the opening is not dialogue or internal thought, it’s most often something already in progress. My point of view is most often from within one character, and my opening lines often take the reader into the mind of that character. I write in past tense, not present. I get artsy with italics to set things off or establish emphasis. I don’t always begin with a full sentence. My descriptions are often sensory. My characters are often aware of themselves and are actively considering how they feel; I’m writing from a psychological and emotional perspective.
And I’m going to pull my viewpoint out of my own navel, now. If folk discern other patterns and things they say about me as a writer, I’d be curious to hear!


ETA:  Apologies if your flist got the whole huge thing; for some weird reason, my LJ cut wasn't working. I had to take out the code and start over manually ... 
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: "It's Not My Time" by Three Doors Down
zofia27zofia27 on September 2nd, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
I think you're spot on with your self-assesment but it may be skewed because of the 100 word drabbles. With something that short it makes sense to start with and already in the middle of a dialogue or action. Just an interesting observation in an observationally interesting way!
bardicvoice: JohnThinker by <lj user=Cakehole_Cat>bardicvoice on September 3rd, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
The amusing thing is, that I tend to jump into action already ongoing irrespective of the story length; I decided to look at my non-Supernatural stuff as well, and it's a discernable pattern. (You can check it yourself if you like; follow the link over to my fanfiction.net page!)


You know, I think I've been influenced by television. You typically join a story already in progress ...
zofia27zofia27 on September 3rd, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
And they say television is bad for you! ; )