Whenever I write anything (except and essay), the hardest - but often the most enjoyable - part is coming up with an opening. Often, I get a good sentence and then the opening sort of falls in around it. Other times I can sit down for ages, come up with a few openings, and none of them feel right (it feeling right is a massive part in anything I write). Now is one of the latter times. So I'm asking what do you think is the best opening line, or the best thing to think about whenever coming up with an opening line? Basically, any advice for opening lines? Or any opening lines that you think are particularly effective? And also, would you consider this an opening line worth keeping? The moonlight shone through the iron bars, piercing his heart with the pain that only a loss of freedom could bring.