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First Lines

The first line of a short story is very important, a good one can hook the reader and make them want to read on. A weak first line and they might pass your story by.

If you're entering short story writing competitions then make sure you have a strong opening to keep the judges reading.

Sometimes it's easier to write the whole short story, then go back and rewrite the first line knowing how it will fit in with the rest of the story.

Other times it's the first line that inspires the short story and this page can help you find a first line that will fire your imagination and get your short story off to a great start

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Click here to see another first line.