We’re all starting from the same place this week. What direction will your post take?
Last week, we published a collection of original flash fiction on Discover: three tiny tales, all under three hundred words — and all with the same opening line: “The fresh skid marks — a little brown, a little sticky — trailed from the front door straight through to the back.”
It was fascinating to see how these three writers took the same ten words and used them to such varying ends. A dark fairy tale, based on a classic myth. A moment in the life of a busy family. A futuristic, miniaturized drone operator conducting routine surveillance.
The idea for this week’s Discover challenge came from one of the commenters on the post:
This was so fun to read! How I would love to participate in something like this.
Thanks for the inspiration, Fatimah. Let’s do it! For this week’s challenge, publish a post — any kind of post, be it fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, illustration, video, or anything else — inspired by this line:
It was the first time, and it wouldn’t be the last.
If you choose to write, use it as your opening line; for those using a different medium, use the line however you’d like.
Maybe you’ll write about a childhood memory, or make up a fictional fable. Perhaps you’ll sketch a child taking her first steps, or shoot a photo of newly-planted flowers springing up in your garden. We’re excited to see all the directions you explore!