The First Line is the Hardest

“Honey don’t walk out, I’m too drunk to follow.”

That has got to be one of the best opening lines, in any story, ever. This one comes from Tom Petty’s song “Rebels”, off the Southern Accents album.  (One of his best and one of my go to albums when I’m looking for inspiration.)

I have trouble writing first lines.  They don’t often come out on paper (or the screen) quite the way they did in my head.  There is a lot of advice out there, for that first line, and a lot of it conflicts, so I tend to ignore it and concentrate on the ones that stick in my head the most:

“You know, when I was a young man in high school, would you believe that I wanted to play football for the coach?”

“Tarbelly stood in the door.”

“You’re finally here and I’m a mess.”

“Virgil Caine is my name and I served on the Danvil train.”

“Nightswimming deserves a quiet night.”

“Well billy rapped all night about his suicide.”

And thousands and thousands more.  Anyway.  I’m just saying.

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