I was invited to write a guest post at All the Way YA, just in time for Halloween.
I spend a ridiculous amount of time Googling the best first lines in books. I study each one in the hope that I will absorb something, anything, that will allow me to spit out some synthesis of my voice and their brilliance in my own first lines.
In the book, Wired for Story (the best book I’ve ever read on writing), Lisa Cron says, “What intoxicates us is the hint that not only is trouble brewing…it’s about to reach critical mass. This means that from the first sentence we need to catch sight of the breadcrumb trail that will lure us deeper into the thicket.” Amen, Sister.
But it has to be more than that. Stephen King says “With really good books, a powerful sense of voice is established in the first line.”
Very easy to say. But how do you write the elusive, perfect first line? First of…
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