I love it when I follow a blogpost down a rabbit hole and actually end up happy.
(Sometimes, I end up feeling as if I've wasted an hour, don't you?)
Here's where I ended up today:
And this quote from Stephen King is perfect:
"An opening line should invite the
reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want
to know about this."
Dorian Cirrone wrote an entire series of posts about First Lines.
(CLICK THAT LINK. Get lost down that rabbit hole! You'll learn a lot.)
I LOVE a good first line.
Dorian shares so many, it's hard to borrow just a couple. So click on over and read them all.
What Remains by Helene Dunbar
No one ever calls in the middle of the night to tell you that you’ve won the lottery.
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Of all the kids in the seventh grade at Camillo Junior High, there
was one kid that Mrs. Baker hated with heat whiter than the sun.
Go ahead. Begin! Or revise if you've already written a draft.
Hook your reader from very the first line.