October 30, 2005
When I got to office
"When I got to office, I changed the laws that had made the methods I used to get to office illegal."
I think this would be a good starting sentence for a novel. Why? Because it suggests that we are going to nurture a certain character, a strong and pragmatic one, a perhaps immoral one, but an honest one. Yes--that's what makes the sentence good: it is immoral, but honest. And that's an interesting conflict. Right away, that sets up a story.
If anyone wants to write the novel, consider this sentence as released under the GNU Free Documentation License, or an Apache documentation license if that exists (so that you can make money off it).
I promise that I will buy, and I will encourage my friends to buy, a copy of any book that begins with this sentence.