Flash Fiction Challenge: Time Again To Write An Opening Sentence

That classic challenge is back:

Do not write a story.

Nope. Mm-mm, don’t do it.


Write only an opening sentence.

Not two sentences. Not three. One. Good. Sentence.

Drop the opening sentence in the comments below, and then next week we will make use of some of those sentences for the next challenge. You’ve got one week — due by next Friday, the 17th, noon EST. Get cracking, word-herders.

510 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Time Again To Write An Opening Sentence”

    • I like this! It’s very interesting straight off the bat. I really want to know more about what the pink easter bunny was up to.

      • Thank you. And yes, you’re right, I was weighing whether or not to drop the ‘and.’ It’d flow better, I think 🙂

  1. They were still laughing and cruised only a few blocks when they heard a blast and the great sloping windshield of the Olds shattered and caved in on them.

  2. I brush pieces of earth from Michael’s hair, his body buried shallow enough that an animal of some kind, a wolf or coyote or cougar, clawed into the half frozen dirt to eat his stomach contents.

    • I am definitely interested in learning more about Michael’s demise. Is there a way to tighten it up? Maybe reducing the number of animals that are suspect?

  3. I know you didn’t mean to break the parallel barrier, but now that it’s done we really need to figure out what to do with all these extra versions of everybody.

  4. The old straight-legged coyote approached,blew his breath onto my face as my body lay pressed into the sand dune as I watched from the ancestral night’s broken sky.

  5. Everybody knows there is no crying in baseball, so I took my first-ever home run ball, set it gently in my mother’s still hands and dropped into the porch swing next to her balling my eyes out.

  6. The sun never set on the Majestic Empire of Ki, and, as curses went, “may you never see night” was marvelously effective.

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