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Opening Lines

I’ve been thinking about opening lines lately. “Call Me Ishmael”, or “Once upon a midnight dreary” or “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times….” Damn, I wish I’d written that. Actually, I wish I’d written all of them. An opening line should grab the reader, make them want to keep writing. It can be a simple sentence or something long and complex, but either way, it sets the tone for what follows. When writing, an opening line might not appear for several drafts. It’s always fun to try different opening lines and see where the writing takes you. Happy writing!

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