THIS PLANO-BASED JOURNAL'S SELF-DESCRIPTION follows below
The purpose of The First Line is to jump start the imagination-to help writers break through the block that is the blank page. Each issue contains short stories that stem from a common first line; it also provides a forum for discussing favorite first lines in literature. The First Line is an exercise in creativity for writers and a chance for readers to see how many different directions we can take when we start from the same place.
The Parlor's host is trying to Imagine having the FIRST LINE of your short story dictated to you by your publisher, even before you write the story!