First Lines

Stephen King in his biography slash writing book On Writing he emphasized the importance of first lines:

“There are all sorts of theories and ideas about what constitutes a good opening line. It’s tricky thing, and tough to talk about because I don’t think conceptually while I work on a first draft — I just write….But there’s one thing I’m sure about. An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.”

With that advise I began working on a few first lines of my own. Some, I’ve cheated on and made a paragraph and one went on to inspire it’s own separate short story. Here are a few of my attempts:

Sleep came sweetly; it laid upon her like a forgotten lover, hungry but tender, as the man sat in the chair in the corner just watching it descend.


Doris didn’t. Time tripped and fumbled around that mistake and she would always find herself wondering what if she had.


His death was the most ironic; he lay there by his canvas and a cheery orange paint still slid from his lungs.

Feel free to share some of your first lines.


2 thoughts on “First Lines

    • Ironic death just had me thinking of an Agatha Criste murder mystery but that’s not the one that I made into another short story. There’s another one for that that’ll post this Friday.

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