Daily Writing Prompt #5.13 – Opening Line(s) (8/30/13)
You can sell a reader on your story with just the first or opening line. Some may stick around for the entire opening paragraph, but in a marketplace flooded with ideas, thoughts, books, and other resources, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to grab new readers asap.
Write an opening line or two of a story you’d personally want to read. This doesn’t have to be associated with any work you’re currently writing. This line or two can be brand new, a random thought, or just a bunch of things you like. Then write a piece of flash fiction (under 1000 words) using that line.
I’ve listed some of my personal fave opening lines from novels to get you started.
“They’re out there.” One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
“Amergo Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court Number 3 and waited for justice; vengeance on the men who had so cruelly hurt his daughter, who had tried to dishonor her.” The Godfather by Mario Puzo
“‘What’s it going to be then, eh?'” A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
“All this happened, more or less.” Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” 1984 by George Orwell
See other favorite first/opening lines of classic works of literature here: The Stylist (UK).