But once the book is opened, it’s all up to the first sentence to tantalize the reader. It is supposed to draw the reader in, and if the first line succeeds in its duty, the reader will be more likely to continue with the first paragraph, the first page, the first chapter. Then, you’re off to the races!
A good opening line is succinct, interesting, and above all, makes the reader want to know more.
So what’s your favorite opening line?
I’ll start. This is the first line of Second Glance by Jodi Picoult:
Ross Wakeman succeeded the first time he killed himself, but not the second or third.
That sure makes me want to read more! I want to find out how on earth that’s possible.
Post a comment below with your favorite opening line. It can even be your own if you wish to show off your own work. Post below!