Writing Prompt: First Line

Below are first lines from a few well-known works of literature. Let’s hope that if we borrow them, some some of their literary magic will rub off on us. Choose a number and continue writing. If you’re planning on sharing it in the comments, please keep it under 500 words.

1.) This is the saddest story I have ever heard. (From The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford)


2.) It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets … (From Paul Clifford by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton)

Thunder in a purple night sky.
Photo courtesy of Benjamen Benson on Flickr.com


3.) Dear Anyone Who Finds This, Do not blame the drugs. (From Cruddy by Lynda Barry)

A dirty needle on a sidewalk.
Photo courtesy of Luca Serazzi on Flickr.com


4.) I can feel the heat closing in, feel them out there making their moves … (From Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs)

Pixelated and colorful image of a man laughing
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sánchez on Flickr.com





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