It’s snowing in my area of the world today. A great day to keep my fingers on the keyboard, but where and how will I find inspiration?

IDEA! Brainstorming.

Let’s kick the muse kick out of bed.

How do we do that while stuck inside, you ask?

Simple. Pictures.

Look at each of the pics below and using the picture write the opening line or lines for a book. Do as many as you want. Make them as long as you want.

Come on. You can do it? Let’s have some fun.






I’ll kick us off. Off the top of my head quick one liners as I need to get this posted. LOL.

#1 “She’s forming.”
#2 Ally Chase took the drop of Satan’s blood on her tongue like a good angel.
#3 She felt as old as the turtle in the tank.
#4 “Olives and spaghetti. Are you pregnant again?”
#5 “If only he had known, their kiss this morning would be their last.”

Autumn Jordon
2009 Golden Heart Finalist
Obsessed By Wildfire voted best book of the week at


  1. Beth Trissel // February 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM  

    Kewl post Autumn!~I'm stalling, need to get to my edits. You did a super job on those lines. I'll have a go.

    No. 1: Spinning straw into gold seemed easier than finishing this abstract, but the show was tomorrow--and he'd be there.

    No. 2: No one understood how it felt to soar with the eagles, then be forced back to the hard earth.

    No. 3: Only the sea turtle knows where she lays her eggs, but 'why' is as old as time.

    No. 4: But he hated spaghetti, at least when she made it.

    No. 5: If he'd known that kiss would bind him to her for life, he never would have sealed his fate.

  2. Autumn Jordon // February 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM  

    Oh, very good, Beth. I can see great conflict or adventure on the horzion with those lines.

    Good job.

    Now you have me thinking again.

  3. Autumn Jordon // February 25, 2010 at 10:26 AM  

    This picture calls to me.

    1# For centuries, in the ocean's murky depth, Poseidon's man protected the key to humanity's salvation, but all that was about to change.

  4. Beth Trissel // February 25, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

    Oooooh, good one Autumn.

  5. Autumn Jordon // February 25, 2010 at 11:33 AM  


    I'm up five new pages on the current WIP. See this works.

  6. Beth Trissel // February 25, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

    I'm adding embellishments to my edits. :)

  7. Mary Marvella // February 25, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

    I'll post mine when I get back from tutoring. I want them to be GOOD!

  8. Mona Risk // February 25, 2010 at 4:24 PM  

    I'll post mine tonight. Just checked my emails for a few sec. Kids are here.

  9. Scarlet Pumpernickel // February 25, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

    Will post soon.

  10. Beth Trissel // February 25, 2010 at 5:40 PM  

    Much further along into my edits and the muse is with me! It worked Autumn!

  11. Mary Ricksen // February 25, 2010 at 5:46 PM  

    You mean I gotta think???
    1. "It doesn't appear to fit into a g-nome pattern for any species we've ever seen before, and by God, Erin, it's alive!"
    2.Dee tried the tidbit gamely, as he placed the strange meat on the tip of her tongue.
    3. Every year they return to the beaches here and bury their eggs, even though most young will not survive to reach the ocean.
    4.Each of her Italian relatives tried to out do the another, as they made their version of the family sauce for the Country Fair cookout.
    5.Slowly his lips approached hers, as breathlessly she waited to experience that one and only first kiss.

    Oh well!

  12. Autumn Jordon // February 25, 2010 at 6:51 PM  

    I'm so glad it worked for you, Beth. I ended up with 8 new pages before 2pm. YEAH!

    Good job, Mary. I could see a romantic comedy drawing on your #4 and food stories are in. What are they called? The term escapes me.

  13. Autumn Jordon // February 25, 2010 at 7:08 PM  

    #5 "What the hell are you doing?" Carla whispered harshly as Eric yanked her into a embrace meant for lovers.

    His lips curled at the edges. "We need to keep up our cover, don't we?"

  14. Mary Marvella // February 25, 2010 at 8:22 PM  

    1. Strangest pod I've ever seen!

    2. Jane licked the blade clean of her enemy's blood.

    3. A freakin' shape shifting turtle? You gotta be kiddin' me!

    5. Odd read sauce, isn't it, especially with no garlic?

    5. She'd kiss him again, even if it meant he'd steal her soul.

  15. Autumn Jordon // February 25, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

    oh, I love the shape-shifting turtle. That is an awesome twist.

    Good job, Mary.

  16. Mary Marvella // February 25, 2010 at 9:06 PM  

    My twisted brain thanks you, Autumn.

  17. Scarlet Pumpernickel // February 25, 2010 at 9:11 PM  

    Fair warning, MM, I'm gonna steal the shape shifting turtle line for my wip!

  18. Pamela Varnado // February 25, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

    Autumn, this was such a fun excerise. Now I'm all giddy. Here are my one-liners.

    1. It was the beginning of a new life.

    2. She loved the way the knife felt as it sliced into her tongue. (What can I say, I love suspense)

    3. Hey, wait up, Jasper.

    4. Dinner was arranged on his plate like a Picasso.

    5. With my breath caught in my throat, I waited for his lips to crush mines.

  19. Autumn Jordon // February 25, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

    I had trouble with the turtle picture, but boy, you and MM nailed it.

    And the suspense line, wow! You have me wondering is she the villian.

    I did a similar exercise on my blog a few months ago and one of the commentors actually wrote a story from her first line. I was privileged to be the first reader. It was awesome.

  20. Autumn Jordon // February 25, 2010 at 10:19 PM  

    BTW: Margie Lawson will be joining us tomorrow. Friday 2/26/10.

    Title of the post:No Cookie Cutter Characters: Use Your Multiple Personalities!

    She is working on the post as we play.

    So get ready to Faceback, twitter, Myspace her tomorrow.

  21. Mary Marvella // February 25, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

    Excellent post, Autumn and thanks for filling in!

  22. Autumn Jordon // February 25, 2010 at 11:14 PM  

    You're welcome. Back to tomoorw with Margie. GRIN