Two Ways of Looking at a Beginning
For my first draft of the opening passages for THE VICE MAN, I tried it two different ways. First, I tried it with a male central character. Then I tried it with a female central character.
Here's the first pass at the open with a man as the main character:
"He opened his eyes, and there was the camera hovering in front of him, reflecting his face back at him: his head like Edvard Munch’s The Scream, his sea foam-colored skin, his green eyes blinking at the sunset bleeding in through the windows.
He could not remember a time when he was not being recorded, even though he knew it had happened, years ago, because there were a few photos of him that did not include the hovering ball that appeared in every one after he was, say, five.
He yawned, and the tiny drone zoomed in for a close up; his jaw snapped closed; the ball jumped back. He stood up, stretched his arms to the ceiling, and pulled up his underpants."
Here's the first pass at the open with a woman as the main character:
"Suzanne Flesh opened her eyes and regarded the floating drone hovering before her. Slowly, it migrated south.
'Hey!' she yelped and pulled the sheet up to cover her breasts."
This is the current version of the open with a man as the main character:
"The detective opened his eyes.
The drone hovered above him.
He could see his reflection in the silver eye of the fist-sized globe: his morning stubble, his seafoam green pallor, the dark circles under his eyes.
He could not remember a time when he was not being recorded, and he did not know there to be one."
You can follow along as I work on THE VICE MAN here.