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First Lines

“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?

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Struggling with Characters 

 
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A Writer’s Personality

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So I found this nifty thing on Pinterest the other day. Everyone know the Myers-Briggs Personality Test? This describes what kind of writer you are based on your results of that test.

A few years ago when I had taken the test, my result was ENTJ, the Commander archetype — “bold, imaginative and strong-willed leaders.” I was always perfectly fine with that, figuring it suited me for the most part. Upon reading this little chart, I agreed with the Extrovert and Intuit section, but the other two sections made me pause.

While I do enjoy a good mystery or sci-fi story once in a while like a Thinker, my stories definitely drift toward focusing more on character rather than plot. And I’m sure everyone here knows how much of a pantser I am! I’m definitely not a plotter like the other Judgers!

So I retook the test, and what do you know? I got ENFP, with a healthy dose of assertiveness. An ENFP is called a Campaigner, basically an enthusiastic and independent free spirit with a good deal of leadership qualities.

What about all of you? Does this chart match your Myers-Briggs personality type?

 
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Hate is a Strong Word

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A Brilliant Week

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