First lines are my favorite part of a story to write.
First lines hold so much promise for a story. When they’re good, they hook you in and never let you go until the story is done. I often don’t even know where to start my stories until the first line comes to me. And then – I must write!
But sometimes the first line doesn’t come to you. It doesn’t mean you can’t start writing. For this prompt, we’re going to cheat a little and use other people’s first lines!
Use one of the following famous first lines to inspire a story. Try your best to ignore where it came from and see where that line takes you – guaranteed, it will be completely different from its source!
- “It was the day my grandmother exploded.”
- “We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.”
- “It was a pleasure to burn.”
- “All children, except one, grow up.”
- “We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.”
- “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.”
- “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.”
In the next Wednesday Writing Prompt, we’ll attempt to write our own first lines. Until then, happy writing!
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- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
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- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith