Short Story beginnings

Beginnings of the short story

However, short stories are different: The first sentence, or first paragraph, often hangs over the whole rest of the story. These are my suggestions for a good start to your short story: This is Ernest Hemingway, The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. While there are many ways to open a story, try to start with a problem.

first lines

Here is the first passage of a story.

The beginnings often provide the framework.

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Here is the first passage of Steve Almond's "Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched", the first story of Best American Short Storys 2010.

Shortening the notion, the more important the end becomes.

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