Niteowl’s Weekly Writing Challenge #1: Opening Lines

“In literature and in life we ultimately pursue, not conclusions, but beginnings.”― Sam Tanenhaus, Literature Unbound

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” –Plato, The Republic

“Beginnings are always messy.” —John Galsworthy


In the previous incarnations of Writing Gooder, there have been several people contributing to the Challenge Corner, such as Cadi, Rydia, and Cailey.  I always enjoyed participating in these, so when the call came for new WG writers, I decided to join the team!  I feel like I’m stepping in some big shoes (Cadi’s challenges made my writing week!), but I hope this will be just as fun for both of us.

This weekly column will be short and sweet, with five prompts (one for each weekday) related to a common theme.  Go ahead, try as many as you like!  Let me know if you use these.  I’d love to read the results!

For the first week, the theme is Opening Lines!  Everyone knows that a good opening line can hook the reader into a story.  These lines should spark your imagination while also giving you freedom to decide what happens next!  Note that you could also use these for a poem or any other form of writing besides stories.


  1. “Whatever you do, don’t open that.”
  2. One of the Worst Possible Opening Lines Ever (link:
  3. “Honey, look! She’s on the evening news! Can you believe it?”
  4. “In the end, that was all it took to bring him down.”
  5. “If you know my name at all, it’s probably from what happened the day I died.”

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