First Lines

23 Jan

“It’s all fun and games until someone gets hit over the head with a frying pan.”

“I met him in an online chat room for people who were obsessed with superheroes.”

“Quill had the nightmare again.”

“Everything about him was randomly generated.”

“‘Do you want the good news or the bad news first?’ were the words that tumbled out of the healer’s mouth when he exited the castle’s infirmary.”

Above are some of my favorite first lines of my stories.

The first line of your novel is, generally, what people first read when picking up your book. There’s so much pressure put on the first line to be perfect and wonderful, for if the reader isn’t intrigued by the very first word, then your book will be put back on the shelf.

When writing a story, the first line may change multiple times, as the emphasis that it’ll be the, “Hello, how are you?” greeting that the reader will receive will be hanging over your head. It’s curious to think as to how many times J.K. Rowling may have changed, “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

Does anyone else have some favorite first lines to share, either from their own stories or from their favorite books?


Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Home


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8 responses to “First Lines

  1. jac forsyth

    January 23, 2017 at 10:43 am

    ‘The seller of lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm.’ ~ Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury).

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    • Kris P.

      January 23, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      I’ll have to add that to my list of books to check out!

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      • jac forsyth

        January 24, 2017 at 4:48 am

        I picked it up in a book shop years ago and was hooked by that first line. It’s just the most wonderful book, full of magic and dark circus. Still one of my top ten reads.

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  2. velociraptor256

    January 23, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    My favourite opening line (technically two lines) is from Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer: “She only stopped screaming when she died. It was then that he started to scream.”

    There’s also the opening line of The Martian: “I’m pretty much fu***d.”

    As for my own stories, probably my best first line is from my 2010 NaNoWriMo: “It’s a good night for a robbery.”

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    • Kris P.

      January 23, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Haha, your 2010 NaNo sounds fun, if judging by the first line alone! The other two lines sound great, too — I have The Martian on my shelf, but it hasn’t been read yet.

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      • velociraptor256

        January 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm

        2010 certainly had the most fun climax – that was when I set my record for the most words written in one day.

        Hope you enjoy The Martian when you get round to it: it’s a cracker.

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  3. Rachel

    January 24, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I like the fourth one the best. And I may have to steal this idea to do for my blog. This is cool.

    Liked by 1 person


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