Jack Kerouac 'Mother died today. Ok - a very tiny contraversy - let us not forget there were two stellar opening lines in Slaughterhouse Five. Thanks for sharing your tips. Some great lines are flowery and beautiful, while others are direct and to the point. Albert Camus '''Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Buonapartes.
It should be mysterious and compelling, either poetic or shockingly abrupt. George Orwell 'It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York' Sylvia Plath 'I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods' Truman Capote 'You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter'. Creative first lines take licence to play with narrative time A portrait of Gabrial Garcia Marquez. It is a fun game for me. In blog writing, you have perhaps a little more leeway, as long as you invite readers to read on.
Now that locks in our interest. This is a lot to compress into a first sentence. If I can get that first paragraph right, I'll know I can do the book. Forster 'Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows.
So, instead of following J. First and foremost, get their attention. Have you noticed I used one! The parallel construction contrasting extreme opposites is memorable due to its repetitive, poem-like structure. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas It was love at first sight. Editors with a journalism or academic background may have different views on what sounds right.
But blogging is quite different from academic writing or newspaper reporting. Salman Rushdie 'No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's'. Paste them in the comments. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Secondly, the opening sentence is well constructed.
For example, Adam is guy who killed. Anyway, thanks for this great list, Meredith! Salinger, The Catcher In the Rye Words that so perfectly encapsulate teenage angst that they belong in a Nirvana song. Sometimes using questions, sometimes inviting statements. His head turns sideways; his eyes are turned toward the gate, as if someone might arrive to help him out. People come to books looking for something. That is a fantastic fail. Is such a long sentence a good idea? We all know that we shouldn't.
And take the most special care that you locate Muad'Dib in his place: the planet Arrakis. Why can't he or she go there again? Not only is that sentence awfully long, its worst crime is that nothing happens. I will lie there in the dark and think. Great list, now I have to go read! Did the first line convince you to give it a try? But I had a disagreement with a friend who said it's too obvious for an ending. A few examples: Do you hear that nagging voice, too? This inviting voice gets us to invest emotionally in the narrator quickly. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Why It Works: The central theme of Peter and Wendy lies within these six simple words. The novel casts censure on the societal necessity for a woman to marry and for therefore every wealthy man to become an object of imperative. The novel was tremendously controversial upon publication but has since been hailed as a modernist literary masterpiece rife with irony and genre deconstruction. This is something we read on to find out. A reader reads on because he wants to find out the answers to these two questions.
Here are ten that do: 1. But for me, a good opening sentence really begins with voice. The opposition between happy and unhappy families has symmetry. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! Anybody who read the book has thoughts on it? Want to Write Great Fiction? But can we judge a book by its first line? When trying to think of the right question, think of your ideal reader or buyer persona. So what can we do? I'd have to say that The Stranger and A Clockwork Orange comments were great additions to the list. What if I fail to engage readers? So far my most-visited posts have straight-forward titles and first lines. I write the main body of the article, and then the next day I write the intro and final paragraph.
It entices you to read on. Imagine him hurrying across the web. How can you make him read your first sentence? But for me, a good opening sentence really begins with voice. Let me share with you a trick for writing a first sentence super-fast. The novel was tremendously controversial upon publication but has since been hailed as a modernist literary masterpiece rife with irony and genre deconstruction. Not only is that sentence awfully long, its worst crime is that nothing happens.