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    This is something I struggled with for literal years! Here’s my current iteration:

    “He gazed down at his body from where the ceiling should have been.”

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    I say I won’t buy any more books until I’ve finished the ones I have, and then I laugh at myself.


    Now that, @law0413, is the opening line of a story I want to read!

    Maya Joelle

    It was such fun to read all of your first lines!

    Mine is this: “Rosamund woke in the grey dawn to the smell of smoke.”

    fear no evil | may evil fear you

    Abigail Rebekah

    This looks fun xD

    This is the first line of my novella:

    “Nearly there,” the soldier whispered as he and another man ran through the mud, carrying the stretcher that held his best friend’s broken body.

    ~ Laugh. Drink Coffee. Smile. And Write ~

    Arindown (Gracie)


    I’m a fan of simple wording. I believe my first line is: “Where the mountains meet.”

    "If I'm gonna break, I'll break like the dawn." -Nightbirde

    Winter Rose

    There’s so many interesting story beginnings here… I sincerely hope that one day I can read each and every one of them in their completed form. 😊

    This line is from my newest project:

    “The huntress crouched beneath the golden grass, her fingers curling around the smooth shaft of her long spear.”

    What I know in my head and what I believe in my heart are two entirely different things.


    Me too, @arindown. But I’m curious…is your first line actually a fragment, or are you just including the first part of your first sentence?

    I actually have two books published, @winter_rose, and one coming soon. You can check them out on my website here: https://shardsofsevia.wordpress.com/


    Arindown (Gracie)


    I can’t answer your question for sure at the moment, I’m still working it out.😄 Whatever looks better, sounds better, and is more grammatically correct, I guess.

    "If I'm gonna break, I'll break like the dawn." -Nightbirde


    Your guys’ lines are so good!

    Mine is this:

    “My sword was as heavy as my resignation.”

    What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
    -1 Corinthians 15:36b


    @sarahfi, I don’t think it would have ever occurred to me to describe resignation as heavy, but I like it. It made me think.

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