List the first lines of your last twenty stories. See if you find any patterns.
I haven't written a whole lot of fic lately, but I thought I would give this a shot. Note: I only have so many of these on lj, and I don't archive them on my site in chronological order, so I basically went with my 24, SGA and JLU fic because it's the most current.
1. Running through the building, calling her name, idly wondering when exactly ‘Agent Walker’ became ‘Renee’, because even though he’s not active old habits die hard—
2. We’re finishing up dinner when Katie Brown wanders into the mess, wearily pouring herself a cup of coffee, but when her eyes meet Rodney’s both sets brighten, and I take this as my cue to leave.
3. Fortune, they say, favors the bold.
4. Some part of Renee (a part not merely in the back of her mind but forcibly excluded from her mind altogether) is goddamned terrified right now.
5. “Are we sure that we’re on the right planet?”
6. “It is Colonel Sheppard’s IDC,” said Parker, his carefully-modulated voice taking on a warning edge.
7. How Laura Cadman had ever made it through basic training was beyond him.
8. It all started because Rodney McKay asked Aiden Ford a question, and after a fair amount of heckling, Aiden Ford gave Rodney McKay an answer.
9. John lives most of his life now in stages, changing centuries as casually as some people change their clothes, moving through the fabric of time and through walls and through lives.
10. They’re all looking at him a little differently now.
11. When presented with the choice between the river below and a Wraith warrior, hoisting up the weapon that would stun her, incapacitate her, leave her vulnerable to his hungry hands or that of his masters, Teyla unhesitatingly chooses the river.
12. In the beginning it was easy to answer the question “why do you keep volunteering to get your ass kicked”?
13. “I’m sorry, but I cannot accept this.”
14. I am seven years old, curled up against the cold in a bed that is not my own.
15. The important thing to remember was that it was Tuesday.
16. Lately, Teyla wishes that she had not introduced John Sheppard to the old Athosian ways of stave-fighting, not because he does poorly at it – he doesn’t, not anymore – or even because he’s improving – she’s proud of his progress, even if it does leave welts on her skin – but because it provides such fodder to the imagination.
17. It is difficult to gage in the windowless cell where he spends most of his time but, judging by the cycle of routine and shift changes, Ronon guesses that a little less than a week has passed before the divine arrives.
18. "Where is the witch?"
19. She works out how to tell him during the drive across town.
20. Being Bruce Wayne was work.
Patterns. Well. I think it's pretty obvious that I like long opening sentences. Except when they're really short. And most of the time they're narration, except for when they're dialog.