Your First Line Is Also Important
Zac Chapepa
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Great piece, Zac Chapepa. I am including my all time favorite first line below. From the 1997 novel Paradise, by Toni Morrison:

“They shoot the white girl first, but the rest they can take their time.”

And because it’s also my favorite first paragraph, I’m including the rest of it below …

“No need to hurry out here. They are 17 miles from a town which has 90 miles between it and any other. Hiding places will be plentiful in the convent, but there is time, and the day has just begun. They are nine. Over twice the number of the women, they are obliged to stampede or kill, and they have the paraphernalia for either requirement — rope, a palm leaf cross, handcuffs, mace, and sunglasses, along with clean, handsome guns.”
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