A killer sentence that enticed you to keep reading?
You know what I mean. One sentence that draws you to the next like breadcrumbs along a deserted trail. You just have to know what the hell is going on.
I’ve read tons about hooking the reader. Bet you have too. Some authorities insist the hook must be the first paragraph, others first page and still others maintain a writer can take an entire chapter to grab the reader.
But, there is something to be said about a great first line.
Google best or favorite first lines in a book and you’ll get lots of links to hundreds of classics. But what about more current books?
What book have you read recently that had a killer first line?
I’d love to know. Do share!
Here are some of mine.
“They say I died.”
“Moonlight played tricks with my eyes as we circumvented the graveyard like an obstacle course.” Constantine, Cathrina. Don’t Forget to Breathe
“When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.” Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1)
Do you think the first line is all important? Or do you think a killer first paragraph is more important?
How can we write a first line that grabs?
I’m still working on that myself so I was thrilled to read a great post on how to write the first line.
Check out 3 Ways to a Killer Opening Line by Diane O’Connell.
What did I get from the post by Ms. O’Connell?
- The first line need not be a long complicated sentence.
- Use surprise and confusion make the reader question what the heck you’re referring to.
- A vibrant, enchanting prose can pull the reader into the story.
- The first line can be used to connect the reader to the thoughts and words of your protagonist.
- Experiment with first lines. Find a killer line and play with it, change it and get the feel for how the author accomplished the art.
I see another rewrite in my immediate future. Sigh…
What do you think? Does this one work?
“I’m no stranger to police stations, often stopping by to interrogate the front-desk Sergeant.” Cogdell, Jean M
As always, below I’ve added a few links about grabbing the writer.
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