The Startup
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The Startup

How to Write a Good First Line

“The boats arrived in springtime, carrying the bodies of headless men.”

I once built a story entirely around that one sentence. I didn’t know anything else about the characters or plot beyond that, but I itched to discover them. I’d been following the advice of a creative writing professor, who had told me, “Write a first line that makes you want to know more.”

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