After lots of sentences, lots of words eventually a novel is born.
So why is the first line so important?
Well reading a book is a big commitment and you as the reader have to be willing to make that commitment. The author's job is to make you care and the sooner the better.
Here's a few of the first sentences of a few books I've either read or want to read
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
"Frankie Perino and I were lucky that day. Lucky to be alive-that's what everyone said."
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
"First the colors. Then the colors. That's usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try."
Paper Town by John Green
The way I see it, everyone gets a miracle.
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
There were dragons when I was a boy.
Here are the opening lines of books on my To Read List
What I saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
"The match snapped, then sizzled, and I woke up fast."
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
"Miri woke to the sleepy bleating of a goat."
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
" 'You've got to be kidding me,' the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest."
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
"' Claire? It's Rachel. I'm afraid I have some bad news.'"
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
"There thing I know this second: I have morning breath, I'm naked, and I'm waking up next to a boy I don't know."
What do they have in common? They're awesome.
What's your favorite first line to a book?
Do any of those first lines make you want to read the book? Why?
- You will need to e-mail or post your first line in the comments on Thursday's post.
- You need to be a follower of the blog.
- Vote for your favorite on Friday.
- Winner will get a $10 gift card and a 10 page critique from me.