The most important line in any piece of writing is the first one. It might be the only one some readers look at, if it is not done well. If it is done well it is the portal through which everything flows. But what is a good opening line and what is not? That is the topic. I will bring some of my favorite opening lines. You can bring some of yours too. But more important, please bring the opening paragraph of a story, fiction or non-fiction or memoir —whatever you like, so that we can discuss the best way to begin.