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the first line of a piece of writing (as a newspaper story)

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This week my opening line might have been, "Sitting on the back porch of a local brew pub, my laptop, a beer and quesadillas strewn in front of me .
n Asking a "yes-or-no" question as an opening line is, always has been and always will be a pretty lame idea.
Based on her experiences, Bishop lists some of the opening lines commonly spoken by clients as they first enter a writing lab: "I need my paper proofread" or "I just need someone to look at my paper for five minutes.
Opening Line comprises 19 elements and features waves, faces, leaves and a pair of birds, a recurring feature of Mr Lane's work.
So what was your best-ever opening line when you were 15?
From her show-stopping opening line ("They shoot the white girl first") through the final paragraph, her narrative voice consistently moves the story forward, even in numerous flashbacks, without sacrificing a single beautiful detail, as in a townswoman's description of the sign that preceded the first visit of her ancestral Friend:
While this uncertainty may create some initial anxiety, we also know that each opening line, even those unheard of in 1988, holds the opportunity for tutors and clients alike to hone their communication skills while collaboratively enhancing their knowledge about a subject.
That routine was only mildly amusing at best, as was Stewart's opening line, ``Tonight is the night we celebrate excellence in film, with me, fourth male lead from 'Death to Smoochy.
The opening line of the story reflects the story's overall tone: "The teenage boy fatally shot June 12 in Richmond's East End apparently was not as dangerous as he looked to the man who killed him.
The words we lip-read are from the opening line of "East Coker," the second of the Four Quartets: "In my beginning is my end.
From the opening line to the wrap-up, a thematic thread forms, stitching the points together and making the message known.
87-93) -- is captured with a similarly alliterative and felicitous opening line and then sustained by parallel grammatical construction in the English translation: "And bit by bit was born within my breast, / I don't know from what root, / as grass may seem to germinate itself, / a strange affection that / made me desire to be / forever present where / my lovely Silvia was.
The story's opening line, "I want to stop crying but I can't," immediately sets the mood for a tale that highlights much to be sad about.
The text was published in his "autobiographical collage," Fates Worse Than Death, and has now been set to music by New York composer Seymour Barab as the Cosmos Cantata, a title taken from the poem's opening line, "Rest eternal grant them, O Cosmos, and let not light disturb their peace.
Here is the opening line to "Fugata": "You exploded into me like a burst of doves.