“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?