Flash Fiction Challenge: Write An Opening Line

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(I totally stole this idea from Chuck Wending. But I’m giving him credit so that makes it okay, right?)

Here’s the deal, Flash Fiction Fans!

Write an opening sentence.

That’s it. Post it below in the comments.

One sentence. Grab me, hook me, scare me, detail a scene, whatever you want. Any genre, murder, romance, you make the call.

The sentence can be any length. Don’t go crazy, and avoid obviously objectionable material – I know you will anyway – but other than that, let your creative juices run wild. Try to make it interesting. Compelling. Grab that reader’s interest – me, in this case. Hook the reader and make them (me) want to read MORE! Show me what ya got!

Then I‘ll select a few for the opening of a short story challenge for the following week.

You’ll get to choose one to start a new piece of flash fiction.

Sound fun?

Ready, set, go!






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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

66 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Challenge: Write An Opening Line

  1. My eyes are red spheres squinting at a slippery ribbon of highway through streams of rain that slip around the wipers and drift into my periphery; they are a metronome swinging from the rear view mirror to the road ahead.

  2. What a challenge! First lines are absolutely the hardest part for me. Okay, I can’t do it in one sentence, but I pushed out two sentences…

    “Marla pounded on the delete key, staring once again at a blank screen. Cursing, she dug deeper into her empty head for the words that would save her father.”

  3. Do you know how much I love you, although I’m sure you just gave me herpes.

    (Is that a proper sentence)


  4. Can I do more than one?

    On a normal day, I relished that first taste of coffee and sank into the warmth filling my chest.

    When an eight-year-old flips you off on your way to work, you know the day’s gonna be special.

  5. There was never anything halfway about Detective Hansen, so it was rather disconcerting to find the upper half of his body lying in the alley, his bottom half nowhere in sight.

  6. I haven’t written anything in the last two weeks but think I can handle one sentence. Here goes.

    The three of us stood over him, but the syringe with the lethal dose of Morphine was in my hand.

  7. This is pretty much the blurb for my latest novel, due for release March 26th:

    Their love was impossible; not only was he way out of her league (a king), but he was living over five hundred years in the past.

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