Ah, that all-encompassing first line… the one that keeps us up at night writing, so that we can keep others up at night reading.
But what if someone wrote the first line for you? Then all you have to do is write the rest of the story. Simple, yes?
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a literary journal that does just that. It’s called The First Line, and I love it. When I first fell into the website, I thought “what a neat idea”… and promptly ordered a copy of their latest issue. I read it, went back to the website, grabbed the ‘first line’ for August – wrote something – and submitted. They didn’t take it (oh noes!), but that’s alright… the next issue’s submissions are due November 1st, and I’ll probably try again.
I love this journal because I find it fascinating to see where the human mind can go when everyone starts from the same place. There are so many different stories that can be told, regardless of that first line… it’s like when you sit down to plot your latest novel idea, and there are a million different directions you could take the story in. Here, it actually happens.
I wanted to share this find with others because I suspect it has limited circulation, and I’m not sure how many people outside the 30 or so bookstores listed which carry the journal actually know about it. I wish I could remember where I saw the listing for it so I could give him/her/it credit, but alas, all I can do is share it with you and hope you like it enough to spread the word. A little boost in subscriptions from this side of the pond wouldn’t hurt, right?
All I know is… I’ve subscribed, and am looking forward to curling up on the couch with the fall issue and a cup of tea in the near future.
Has anyone else recently (or in the past) stumbled across a hidden gem of a journal/magazine you wish more people knew about?
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