The 7 Types of Short Story Opening, and How to Decide Which is Right for Your Story
Frasier: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Norm: Wait a minute—which was it? Frasier: Stay tuned, Norm. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. It was the epic of belief, it was the epic of incredulity... Cliff: Boy, this Dickens guy sure liked to keep his butt covered, didn't he? Frasier: There was a king with a square jaw and a Queen with a plain face on the throne of England...and there was a bloodthirsty clown, who would lure children into the sewer and swallow them whole! Carla: Wow... that Dickens was one sick dude! Okay, that's neither a short story nor the opening, but it shows how desperation to hook one's audience can lead to poor behavior.