First Lines of Stories I Will Never Write (Or, We Shall See)

Her mother said forget it, forget it, forget it.

The first time I met my mother-in-law, a month before the wedding, I was struck by her mannish ways.

Just a minute, the reporter said.

She stepped in the front door of her house.

Deep breath.

Every day my husband drives his 1995 Corolla to his job in San Jose.

You were there so long, hija.

In the middle of the night, I hear them arguing again.


  1. October 26, 2008 at 2:23 am

    More lines..(from real life, I kid you not)

    She walked past the bride, up to the groom and said, “What are we going to do? We’re in love.”

    She was so hungry and ate three pieces of shrimp, and her mother-in-law pulled the dish away and said, “You’ve had enough.”

    She looked down the street and saw a hooded man who looked like a ninja.

    The ghost turned in the front seat of the taxi, and stared.

  2. October 26, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Ha, ha! I like these first lines! Especially the second one šŸ™‚

  3. saskia said,

    June 19, 2009 at 9:16 am

    lol these first lines are the best! lol.
    wish i could write! i was never taught šŸ˜¦

  4. June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    You don’t need to be taught! Buy a notebook and start eavesdropping šŸ™‚

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