October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

The first line of a story might as well be a pick-up line. I’m nowhere near an expert on either, but, since this is the internet, I’m not going to worry about that. Assuming that my pick-up first line worked, you won’t either. You’ll just keep reading. It’s like magic!
Pick-up lines: try too hard and it’s obvious. Throw something together and it’s obvious. Make the other person aware that you’re making an effort at all and you’re obviously doing it wrong. The trick, I guess, is to be sincere–to find the line that best fits the story regardless of whether or not it has the firepower to stand by itself. After all, it’s just the first line. There are some great ones out there, but they only worked once.
That’s not to say that they’re no fun to write–or read, for that matter.
1. “Perfect” is a strange word.
2. Jim firmly believed that Canada was a wonderful place–he’d never seen it for himself.
3. Who needs shoes nowadays?
4. When the lights went off–well, they’d all see who was in charge.
5. You can use every cheesy pick-up line imaginable on empty space and it’ll never even think about leaving.

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