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1001 First Lines

Do you consider the first line to be an important part of a story? If so, why?

Oh yes, absolutely. It may be cliché’ but you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your first line should pop! It should rope people in, and make them wonder what’s going on in the story. I also believe it should set the scene, while intriguing readers. Of course, it also should be well-constructed.

Do you find first lines easy to come up with, or challenging? Do you have a technique, or a ritual, that you go by to make it easy?

Some times the lines just come to me, other times I have to brainstorm or keep tweaking it until I get it right. I actually have a doc file labeled “good first lines.” When a cool sentence pops in my head, I’ll add it. I even have a…

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