Seven days to get writing again: day two

Burlesque Press Contributor Daniel Wallace has a great series up this week about a seven day writing jumpstart. He’s got some great mini writing exercises that we think are sure to get the creative juices flowing. Check it out! And let us know how it works for you!

The Incompetent Writer

The introduction to thisseries is here. But the idea is simple: one quick writing exercise a day for seven days. Post the results in a comment below, or, if you prefer, email them to me (at my name at gmail).

Day two: first lines! For years, I've loved and admired Bernard Malamud's short story, “The Magic Barrel.” A long time ago, back in Taiwan, I read in the introduction to his collected stories that “The Magic Barrel” was a “perfect” short story. I read the story and agreed.

I am always crushed when I show this story to students and they don't fall in love with it.

Here are the first three sentences:

Not long ago there lived in uptown New York, in a small, almost meager room, though crowded with books, Leo Finkle, a rabbinical student in the Yeshivah University. Finkle, after six years of study, was…

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