1st line by Deirdre Sinnott
1:25 PM | Author: Glen Binger
1st line by Deirdre Sinnott

One night, hopelessly wasted, I tried to navigate the tangle of darkened sidewalks in Stuyvesant Town, a complex of almost 9,000 apartments that hugs Manhattan’s East Side, but instead of getting home, I found myself at the end of my drinking career.




Deirdre Sinnott splits her time between New York City and the Catskill Mountains. This is the first sentence of her memoir Drunk Dreams. More of her writing is available on her website www.DeirdreSinnott.com.
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20 comments:

On 3/9/10, 9:41 PM , Sue Silverman said...

Compelling first line! I love that detail of the 9000 apartments.

 
On 3/9/10, 9:47 PM , Deirdre said...

Thank you Sue! I hope the rest of the book is as compelling.

 
On 3/9/10, 10:24 PM , Edward said...

Good start!

 
On 3/9/10, 10:53 PM , Deirdre Sinnott said...

Thanks Edward. WTF You look a LOT like Jay!

 
On 3/10/10, 1:08 AM , Jherzanek said...

Love it. Can't wait to read the rest!

 
On 3/10/10, 1:51 AM , Deirdre Sinnott said...

I'm considering publishing the whole thing, one sentence at a time.

 
On 3/10/10, 10:37 AM , Jennifer Brown Banks said...

Deirdre,

Good work--very intriguing first line!

 
On 3/10/10, 10:58 AM , Deirdre Sinnott said...

Jennifer,
It was the product of mnay rewrites.

 
On 3/10/10, 11:05 AM , Deirdre Sinnott said...

That should be MANY not mnay. Arrrg.

 
On 3/10/10, 11:26 PM , Anonymous said...

This is off to an intriguing start. Keep writing, it has great potential.

 
On 3/11/10, 12:09 AM , Kate said...

Deirdre,

Love the first line. I continue to be so impressed by your writing and the way you make such vulnerable writing seem so effortless.

 
On 3/11/10, 6:09 AM , Leah Odze Epstein said...

Deirdre--I can't wait to read the memoir--that line just reels me right in. We're excited for any and all excerpts over at Drinking Diaries

 
On 3/11/10, 9:51 AM , Englebright Photography said...

Great little snippet. It says so much in so few words.

 
On 3/11/10, 10:10 AM , Deirdre Sinnott said...

Kate, Leah, and Robert (and you too anonymous) Thanks so much for reading my 42 words. If it look effortless, I'm happy. Of course it was the product of multiple rewrites, but that's how I'm told it's done.

 
On 3/11/10, 10:25 AM , Leonard Vogt said...

In not too many years, this first sentence from Drunk Dreams will be considered a major opening to a major memoir.

 
On 3/11/10, 10:36 AM , Deirdre Sinnott said...

Thank you Leonard!

 
On 3/11/10, 2:55 PM , Vic Losick said...

I want to know more!

 
On 3/11/10, 8:20 PM , Deirdre Sinnott said...

Yes Vic. Me too. About everything.

 
On 3/12/10, 10:28 AM , Zetta Brown said...

Wow! The first line is the most important line, IMO, and this is definitely compelling, especially about ending your "drinking career." The reader can't help but want to know more.

 
On 3/12/10, 2:32 PM , Deirdre Sinnott said...

Zetta, I'm hoping that the first line can sell books. First I need to sell the damn thing to an agent, then a publisher, and then the rest of us.