April 10, 2013 – Many writers would agree that the first line of any piece, fiction or nonfiction, is the most difficult to produce. Once you get something on the blank page, the process becomes less intimidating, making it easier to continue.
If you write short stories, articles, or essays and struggle with a beginning, www.thefirstline.com may be what you are looking for. Not only does the site provide the first line for you, it challenges you to submit your work as part of a writing contest.
If you are not a fan of writing contests, you can use the first line prompts to practice your craft, a surefire way to become a better writer. Take one of the first lines, write for 10 minutes without worrying about content or style, and see where your creativity takes you. It is a great cure for writer’s block.