Short Story Opening, and How to Decide Which is Right for Your Story

So begins ’s ‘Fanny and Annie’. It is, I would argue, one of the best short story openings in English. What does it tell the reader? Nothing. And everything. The image of a man’s face, lit by fire light, amongst a group is precisely and powerfully evoked but, initially, we do not know who the man is or who is observing him.

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The Literary.: Short Story Openings

In contrast to so many of the short story openings, this one starts with resolution, not problem. The problem of sex is solved. Well, not solved, but solved to his mind. For a man of his age. And what is the problem of sex exactly anyway. Deviously simple and yet we are caught. And, in his age, Coetzee has David Lurie leaning-still upright--but leaning and about to fall, and we begin to brace to think about it.

BACKWARD”: NONSEQUENTIAL SEQUENCE‐SIGNALS IN SHORT STORY OPENINGS

In the beginning: How to write short story opening lines that will hook readers from the start 1
Eleven Orphaned Short Story Openings (circa 1996-2012) Looking for a Loving Home

Avoid the pitfalls of short story openings

Here's a few more short story openings I've come across recently

But not every type of opening is right for every story

In contrast to so many of the short story openings, this one starts with resolution, not problem

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