I am taking a writing course offered through Masterclass.com about novel writing that author, Jim Patterson, leads. In lesson number 10 he discusses the importance of the first line of a novel. He explains that the first line of your novel must grab the reader and then suck them into your story. It needs be so captivating that the reader must read on. I couldn’t agree more!
This, however, got me thinking about some of my favorite books and the novels we herald as the “Greats”. What were their opening lines? Did their lines get a hold of me, like Jim says they should? Take a look at the list I have compiled below and tell me, do these opening lines grip you hard or are they hardly gripping? Send me a message about what you think and include your your favorite opening line.
“It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.” Outlander, Diana Gabaldon