Writing a good opening line is not a bad way to start a story. Only the other day I finished a draft of a new short story, and then today realised the opening sentences were about as exciting as (and similar to) a weather report. Here they are:
It wasn’t so hot now. This brief period before sundown and the horrendous cold was rather pleasant if you thought about it.
It’s hardly an attention grabber. So I played around with it and came up with this:
Savage were the days and nights of such extremes where only this golden sliver of time between could be endured or imagined pleasant.
Is that better? I guess it has a different tone, and this might be at odds with what is to follow–a humorous piece.
Anyway, if you’re working on a story right now, why not go back and check the opening. Have you, like me, written a weather report, or have you written something so arresting your audience simply must read on?
And if you have the time, why not post an opening line (good or bad) as a comment! I’d like to see a few.