Use the opening passages from these novels to inspire a piece of your own writing.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez starts in a village:
Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs.
Eleven-year-old Harrison is in a South London housing estate at the beginning of Stephen Kelman’s Pigeon English
You could see blood. It was darker than you thought. It was all on the ground outside Chicken Joe’s. It just felt crazy.
In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred shares details of her room:
A chair, a table, a lamp. Above, on the white ceiling, a relief ornament in the shape of a wreath and in the centre of it a blank space, plastered over, like the place in a face where the eye has been taken out. There must have been a chandelier once. They’ve removed anything you could tie a rope to.
Here’s Elizabeth Bowen’s opening to The Death of the Heart:
That morning’s ice, no more than a brittle film, had cracked and was now floating in segments. These tapped together or, parting, left channels of dark water, down which swans in slow indignation swam.
Have fun using these quotes to create a sense of place in a new piece of writing.