August 29, 2020 at 12:26 pm #118856
We all know that the opening line/lines of a story are some of the most important. That first little bit needs to catch the reader’s attention and give a hint of what’s ahead. What’s the opening line of your latest book or story?August 29, 2020 at 9:48 pm #118871Mel@melodyjoy
You are so right! It is the part that makes the reader want to keep reading, or put the book down, and search for a new one. I have to admit, my first line, being “I fumbled with my keys.” isn’t the most captivating, but the whole first paragraph together is much better, as a whole 🙂
Life is short, smile while you still have teeth!August 30, 2020 at 3:18 pm #118895Ella@writergirl101
Let me write it first… I will have one by the end of the day. Hopefully.
Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.August 30, 2020 at 7:36 pm #118901September 1, 2020 at 12:22 pm #118975DeepRun@deeprun
“A man’s whole world can strangely be contained within an insignificant smudge on a map.”
You do not have a soul. You have a body.
You are a soul. - C.S. LewisSeptember 1, 2020 at 2:36 pm #118982September 8, 2020 at 9:17 am #119241Alabama Rose@bama-rose
Ooh cool idea @zee!
My first line is, “Every single time I did this, a piece of my heart broke off.”
Courage, dear heart ~ AslanSeptember 8, 2020 at 2:52 pm #119247September 9, 2020 at 11:53 am #119275
My opening line for Book One is: “Anna Belko woke to the sound of a distant explosion.”
Book Two is: “Preen reached the clump of junipers only a minute before Rama, the boy she loved came racing up the path.”
They’re not brilliant, but they do manage to introduce the main character and give a hint of the setting/environment of the story, as well as possible challenges or problems.September 10, 2020 at 12:26 pm #119354Alabama Rose@bama-rose
@zee Haha thanks!! He’s actually bullying somebody, but he doesn’t want to.
Oh cool! Preen and Rama sound cute. 😉
Courage, dear heart ~ AslanSeptember 10, 2020 at 2:17 pm #119361
Hmmm, why would you bully someone but not want to? Is he being forced into it by someone older/bigger/meaner? Now I’m even more intrigued.
I wish I could have given Preen and Rama the happy ending they hoped for (I actually planned out, and tried to write, an entire alternative ending for that book) but some things just aren’t meant to be.September 10, 2020 at 4:59 pm #119366Mischievous Thwapling@mischievous-thwapling
Great point, Zee! When a book snatches my attention right off the bat, I finish almost before I know what happened. But if a book has a slower start, it can be a bit hard to get into it in the beginning for me 😛
Here’s the first line in my WIP:
” “Stupid girl!” Jagoro roared as he jerked Heather into the air by her arm and shook her violently.”
If your dreams turn to dust... vacuum.
~Author UnknownSeptember 10, 2020 at 5:50 pm #119376
Wow, @mischievous-thwapling, you certainly start right in the middle of things! But may I suggest cutting the “violently” from the end? I promise your opening line will be stronger without it. (Sorry, that’s one of my pet peeves.)September 12, 2020 at 10:13 pm #119456Mischievous Thwapling@mischievous-thwapling
Yeah, I do tend to do that… In conversations, in my writing, in everything I do, I jump into the middle of it. XD Really, I count it as fault, lol.
Sure! I’ll cut “violently”! There, just did it. And yes, I get the pet peeve thing. I have this weird one, where it annoys me when people say a color is one similar to it. Like if someone says that an object is yellow, when it’s actually a shade of green.
Sorry, that was super random.
If your dreams turn to dust... vacuum.
~Author UnknownSeptember 16, 2020 at 1:53 pm #119635Crystal@dacelo
I think I’m going to be changing my opening scene, but I really love the first line I have at the moment:
“Reaper leaned back against the fallen tree and clenched her eyes shut against the foreign stars.”
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