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Story Starters – 1

It was a dark and stormy night. Originally penned by Edward Bulwer-Lytton to open his 1830 novel Paul Clifford, these words became more well-known through the years, especially when used on Snoopy’s cartoon typewriter and as the opener in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time.  The same opening line for completely different stories. What is it about an opening line that gets a story started? It needs something to establish the setting or characters. Something to pull