Opening Lines

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Fantastic firsts

Opening lines are meant to engage people into desiring more. Many well-known authors strive for the juiciest hooks to lure readers. Even agents can judge a story’s potential from the introduction. Here are some examples of opening lines:

 

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

 

The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

 

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 and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were being scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

 

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.


Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger

 

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

 

 

Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men’s eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror at all.

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

 

Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud  to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

 

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts,for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

 

When writing your story, keep in mind to start-out strong. You have the potential to grip an audience with the very first sentence.
Good luck and take care my friends

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