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Opening Line Prompts (1 Viewer)

Selorian

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While I was on Twitter, I started a hashtag I called Story Starters that were basically opening line prompts. I thought something like that could be fun to do here. They can be used as is anywhere in a story or just as inspiration. I'll start with a couple to get things going.


The Inner Circle of Hell is being locked within one's own mind.


In the junkyard he was a god, creating life from the bits and pieces others thought were useless.
 

Kyle R

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Fun idea! I'll toss a few out there.

- Her leg was the first thing to disappear, vanishing just below her knee, in a puff of smoke.



- He heard it in the living room, in his bathroom, even through the floorboards under his bed.
 

vranger

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My latest was:

"You'll recognize this truth: From time to time in your life, you make a mistake when you know better."

But it's really a set up for the whole opening:

"You'll recognize this truth: From time to time in your life, you make a mistake when you know better. You didn't take the precaution you knew to take. You didn't follow the rule you made for yourself and it cost you. You fantasize about returning to that moment and doing it the right way. But you can't, and you have to live with it.

I almost failed to live."
 

Selorian

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- Every fall his skin turned various splendid shades and fell away like the leaves.

- For Crest Falls to maintain its small town charm required a large cemetery.
 

TheMightyAz

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As the bricks tied around my ankles pulled me to the river bed, I wondered if I'd turned the gas off.

I tightened the thin, rubber tubing around my upper forearm, and with a thumb said goodbye.
 
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indianroads

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It was hell's season, and the air smelled of burning children. (Robert McCammon, Gone South)

Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time. (Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five)

It was a pleasure to burn. (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451)
 

SueC

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Opening Line Prompts: This might make a fun comp on WF (this is not a prompt LOL)
 

Selorian

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It was hell's season, and the air smelled of burning children. (Robert McCammon, Gone South)

Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time. (Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five)

It was a pleasure to burn. (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451)

Some good ones in there. The opening line for Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Gunslinger is one that stands out for me. This thread was actually more for opening lines created to be used as prompts by others, not ones from published work (always good for examples though).

Opening Line Prompts: This might make a fun comp on WF (this is not a prompt LOL)

That could be fun.
 

vranger

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This thread was actually more for opening lines created to be used as prompts by others, not ones from published work

Ok, I didn't get that, so let's give it a try:

"I always approached cooking with confidence until the night I decided to prepare a dessert I now refer to as terror misu."

"I curse the fortune cookie that told me the safest way to get the most bang for my buck was to splurge on fireworks."

"I should never have let the line of birds staring down at me from the power wire remind me of Hitchcock."
 
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Olly Buckle

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The metal door handle was wet with condensation in the cold night air, another reason I hadn't wanted to take hold of it.
 

Selorian

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- I’ve always considered myself a reasonably sane and intelligent individual, but I've recently come to question that belief.
 

Foxee

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Ramshackle, black-hearted, and built like a tank, she was a bad idea that Morris couldn't stop thinking about.
 

Selorian

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- Time shifted and the room changed, becoming darker and grittier than it was just a moment before.

- Midnight was the hour of my birth and will be the hour of my death.
 

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