First Lines

“Once Upon a Time” is tired and cliched. Why not use one of these opening lines to springboard your next story?

  • No amount of preparation could have made this moment easier.
  • I know he’s  in solitary, but what I’m saying is, it’s my fault.
  • I think we’re all on the same page here, aren’t we?
  • One of these days, I’m going to refuse to get out of bed.
  • Penguins. Why did it have to be penguins?
  • Each drum of her perfectly manicured fingernails seemed to slice angrily through my skull.
  • The coil of smoke twisted into her bedroom and seeped into her lungs as she snored.
  • He walked with a purpose, not hurriedly, but like a mother leading her child to the dentist.
  • The girl sat and sobbed; and no one appeared by her side to put a loving arm around her.
  • Living in a place like this has its advantages– berries the size of bowling balls, all the water you could ever drink, and much-needed protection from those crazy humans.
  • “I hope that’s not my blood.”
  • Flattery is the whipped cream of life: sweet in your mouth, but full of air.
  • He tore through the forest, twigs snapping, pebbles tumbling, birds fleeing from the power of his fury.
  • That boy is so dumb, he can’t tell if his eyes are closed or if it’s midnight.
  • There’s something about the way her hair curls– like it’s crawling away from her scalp one strand at a time.
  • The dog is staring at me again.
  • The house is on fire.
  • If spending money didn’t feel like handing out chunks of my own flesh, I’d probably shop more.
  • She always was a few notes short of an octave.
  • The stain on his shirt shouted, “Slob!” But the stain on his heart screamed, “Murderer!”
  • The most important ingredient to a first date? Intrigue.
  • I’ve made many decisions I regret; spending my last million is one of them.
  • The eerie squealing was back, and everyone in the neighborhood squirmed with the knowledge.
  • Pete is like a pineapple– a tough exterior, a soft middle, and crazy spikes on top of his head.
  • She shot me a look so vile, I should have died where I stood.
  • A hundred pounds of solid rock crumbled to dust and slid off my shoulders.
  • Lightning ripped through the sky and tore it open, allowing thousands of hailstones passage to the ground.
  • If you can’t tie your own shoelaces, you probably shouldn’t own a company.
  • The things I should have done, I’ve left untouched; the things I shouldn’t have done, I’ve done with abandon.
  • When the weather turns colder, they come out of hiding.
  • Her face crumpled like a piece of paper.
  • He would sell used dental floss if he thought he’d make a buck.
  • Cookies may be junk food to you, but to me, they’re poison.
  • If I could be granted one wish, I’d wish for a world free of lousy commercials.
  • “Well, that couldn’t have gone worse.”
  • The trouble with secrets is that they are rarely kept.
  • Becoming a cheerleader is like beheading a chicken– a bunch of squawk, a little running, and a whole lot of bloodshed.
  • Birthdays are overrated, and I should know, I’ve had about a thousand.
  • Take it from a reliable source: two heads are not better than one.
  • “Don’t look at me like that.  She would have died anyway.”
  • The best way to describe my day would be: “chaos ensued”.
  • The watering hole had dried up for the third time that season, and someone was going to pay.
  • My thoughts became disjointed, and I knew that more memories had been deleted.
  • When I meet someone new, I like to shake both hands, just to be on the safe side.
  • Her question oozed with sarcasm, not unlike cold oatmeal from a toddler’s fist.
  • “Well, come on now, which do you choose: death by suffocation or poison?”
  • I’d made one too many paperclip chains and decided it was time to rid myself of this ridiculous desk job once and for all.
  • “You didn’t really think I was dead, did you?”