2021 Writing Exercise Series #286: First Line Bonanza 23

The 2021 Writing Series is a series of daily writing exercises for both prose writers and poets to keep their creative mind stretched and ready to go—fresh for your other writing endeavors. The writing prompts take the impetus—that initial crystal of creation—out of your hands (for the most part) and changes your writing creation into creative problem solving. Instead of being preoccupied with the question "What do I write" you are instead pondering "How do I make this work?" And in the process you are producing new writing. 

This is not a standard writing session. This is pure production—to keep your brain thinking about using language to solve simple or complex problems. The worst thing you can do is sit there inactive. It's like taking a 5 minute breather in the middle of a spin class—the point is to push, to produce something, however imperfect. If you don't overthink it, you will be able to complete all of the exercises in under 30 minutes.

First Line Bonanza 23

For today's writing exercise write a piece that begins with one of the following first lines.

1) "Do you want to live?" was such an unusual question that he momentarily took his mind off the suddenly petty issue in his hands.
2) Helmets should not have been optional.
3) This shouldn't be so difficult, she thought.
4) There was no birdsong in the city.
5) At the center of the writhing mass of bodies stood the team's captain, holding a large golden figurine.
6) We were used to rolling green hills and clouds and air not constantly peppered with hard-blown sand.


Bonus 'constraint': You must include a paragraph/stanza in which the all sentences or lines begin with the letter "M".

If you'd like some background music to write to, try this "Special Autumn Mix" lofi mix from that prolific lofi DJ, Dreamy.