Good morning all -
I love prompts and first lines, both in using and giving them. In both my Seniors' class and Gilda's class I give a prompt as homework. And I find it so interesting to see the different stories the participants come up with of the same prompt.
Today's prompt is: Write about someone's hands.
A couple years ago I was at a writing retreat. A friend and I decided to give each other a first line to write off. The first line I had to work with was something like the cabbage on the counter smile at her. What do you do with that? Before I started writing, I played with the "What If" game, and the story that came from that first line was quite a surprise.
Today's first line is: He blinked.
My favorite writer is Stephen King. I have read just about everything he has written. And I am always looking for new books from him, and usually have it pre-ordered. I find it interesting that I like his writing, as I don't really like to read horror. When I was younger, I loved going to all the horror movies and reading scary books. But now ... not so much. Yet I like his stuff.
His fiction has never influenced my writing, however, his book On Writing was a great read. It was so encouraging and if you haven't read it yet, I would strongly suggest you do.
His stand on adverbs has also been a big influence on my writing. I detest adverbs and will cover that at some point in a Monday writing. Stephen (we are on first name terms when I'm doing the writing), does not like the use of adverbs, also. In fact, I refer to his quote quite often: "The road to hell is paved with adverbs."
What about you? Who is your favorite author? Did he/she influence your writing?
Thanks for stopping by,