Here’s another smattering of great fiction openers. Soak them in as you begin to think about your story opener.

It was a pleasure to burn. —Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

You better not never tell nobody but God. —Alice Walker, The Color Purple(1982)

All children, except one, grow up.– J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

‘There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.’ — C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Charles DickensA Tale of Two Cities