1 SBD to win - the best first sentence of a novel 📚 Welcher Roman hat den besten ersten Satz ? 📚 copy&paste contest!

in writing •  2 years ago 


Hi Steemians,
sometimes already with the first sentence you are hooked and drawn into a story! In writers courses I think they always tell you that the very first sentence is super important to attract attention. Do you know terrific beginnings of novels/stories/essays? If so, put your favorite(s) in the comments and vote for them! English and/or German will do and please don´t forget to add author and title! It shouldn´t be more than 3 sentences (ideally only the first).
The comment with the most upvotes wins (payout is 20th February)!

Good luck!

Liebe Steemianer,
manchmal wird man mit dem ersten Satz einer Geschichte schon in diese förmlich hineingezogen. In Schriftstellerkursen wird, glaube ich, auch immer betont, wie wichtig der erste Satz ist, um die Leser zu packen. Kennt Ihr sensationelle erste Sätze eines Romans, einer Geschichte, etc? Dann teilt sie als comment und votet für sie! In englisch und/oder deutsch, und nicht vergessen, Autor und Titel des Werks anzugeben. Es sollten nicht mehr als die ersten drei Sätze sein (idealerweise nur der erste).
Der Kommentar mit den meisten Upvotes gewinnt (Zahltag ist 20.Februar)!

Viel Glück!


Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

-Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

perfect. thanks


good luck sister @ellievallie

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Pressing her back against the cold stone hard floor, she pushed up with all the strength she could summon against wooden bars. It had been just minutes but it seemed like days already.....

Original story
Title: Ghost of my Past
Author: Paul Gamsam

Hi @gamsam, you are the clear winner! 1 SBD is underway to you!

Do not get to know me.
Do not ask me out.
Do not love me.
Be warned!
I am Jinx.


Author - Margaret Wild.
Novel - Jinx.

An Igbo proverb tells us that a man who does not know where the rain began to beat him cannot say where he dried his body.
The rain that beat Africa began four to five hundred years ago, from the 'discovery' of Africa by Europe, through the transatlantic slave trade, to the Berlin Conference in 1885.

Title : There was a Country
Author : Chinua Achebe

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. -- Kafka, The Metamorphosis

This is one of my absolute favorites! Kafka was so ahead, actually out of his time!

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I take it as a given that no one really likes to see me in my official capacity.

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.

-Alice Sebold "The Lovely Bones"

He was carellessly blow the smoke into the air and suddenly a piece of cigaratte ace went to his eye and he screamed, "What a.... Roza" and with thr name pronouced by his lips his eyes filled with soar water, yes he was missing Roza very much but never admit it.

Story : Love is enough to live
By : My husband Vishal Kothari @vishalhkothari
Novel is under writing stage.

"It was a pleasure to burn."

--Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


  ·  2 years ago (edited)

"Am tiefsten traf ihn, daß er ab Montag Lushin sein sollte; sein Vater - der richtige Lushin, der an Jahren vorgeschrittene Lushin, der Bücher geschrieben hatte - verließ lächelnd das Kinderzimmer, rieb sich die Hände (schon für die Nacht mit einer wasserhellen, kühlenden Fettcreme eingerieben) und tappte mit seinem abendlichen, wildlederweichen Gang ins Schlafzimmer zurück."

Lushins Verteidigung von Vladimir Nabokov

@moneyinfant has added your contest to the list Steemit Writing Contests: Issue #13. The list is updated on a daily basis and your contest will remain on the list until its expiration - there's nothing you need to do.

The list was created to save writers the excessive amount of time spent searching through the #contest tag for writing contests. Now they can just come to the list each day, see new contests and use their time doing what they love - writing.

If you'd like to help spread the word about the Steemit Writing Contest list I'd really appreciate a resteem, but it certainly isn't necessary. The project is simply meant to help writers save time and contest creators attract more contestants.

P.S. If you know of any contests I've missed I'd love to hear about them. Thanks!

Title:lady midnight (the dark artifices)
Author:Cassandra Clare
first sentence : "Disconsolate noises came from the other end of the phone."

download (4).jpg

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Hello @stayoutoftherz. Unique contest.

Is payout not 14th February?

I decided to pay the winner on the 20th to allow for more time.

"In five years, the penis will be obsolete," said the salesman

-- Steel Beach by John Varley

"some infinities are bigger than other infinities"

  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • John Green

You got a 1.89% upvote from @buildawhale courtesy of @stayoutoftherz!
If you believe this post is spam or abuse, please report it to our Discord #abuse channel.

If you want to support our Curation Digest or our Spam & Abuse prevention efforts, please vote @themarkymark as witness.

"Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French."

—The Luck of the Bodkins by PG Wodehouse

I’m sinking no not in water but in my thoughts sitting in the light shade of the dark asking myself how could this be if I had what I have now as a kid my life could have been a better one but yet now it all seems so useless and irrelevant no matter how much I made it was never enough to fully fill that hole in my heart well to fully comprehend l

I’ve always had the ability, for as long as I can remember."

Falling Into Forever by Stephen Parato

Der Hegemonialkonsul saß auf dem Balkon seines Ebenholzraumschiffs und spielte Rachmaninoffs Prelude in cis-moll auf seinem uralten, aber guterhaltenen Steinway, während sich große grüne Saurierwesen unten in den Sümpfen drängten und heulten.

The hegemony consul sat at the balcony of his ebony spaceship and played Rachmaninoff´s Prelude in C-Sharp Minor on an ancient but well-maintained Steinway while great, green, saurian things surged and bellowed in the swamps below.

(Dan Simmons, "Hyperion")

It goes by many names: "The Crisis," "The Dark Years," "The Walking Plague," as well as newer and more "hip" titles such as "World War Z" or "Z War One."

Title: World War Z
Author: Max Brooks

“Here is a weird one for you.”

—David Foster Wallace, “Signifying Nothing”

Such genius.

"We should start back."
A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1: A Game of Thrones
G.R.R. Martin

"All this happened, more or less."

  • Slaughterhouse-Five, one of my favorite books by Kurt Vonnegut

“Dear Anyone Who Finds This, Do not blame the drugs.”

—Lynda Barry, Cruddy

Good one, thanks, but the contest is already over.

Oh well, it was fun anyway :)