I'm cheating today, and following on from Kate's post, which certainly hit the mark at the moment. I am in the middle of trying to resurrect a few short stories that have not been sent out in an embarrassingly long time, and yes - you guessed it - struggling to put together first paragraphs that actually manage to snatch someone's attention.
This is part of my all out effort to get all my stories onto the market (thanks to Sarah's pointy shoes). I actually have four out there (and written two new ones!), but have three more to go.
I don't have any intro scenes featuring changes in the weather, but I do have someone narrowly dodging a bucket full of nano-bacteria (does that count, Sarah?).
Recent intro paragraph suggestions include:
- Sex scenes
- Protagonists being attacked on awakening by Freudian monster
- Protagonists being attacked in the shower (Freudian monster optional)
- Character killing someone (reluctantly)
- Kinky mud-wrestling.
So what really grabs you as an opening of a short story?