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Welcome. If you’re joining me from J.R.Richardson’s blog, or if you are starting your blog hop here, welcome.
Have you read her amazing novel, Cursed be the Wicked? What are you waiting for?
This week were talking about great beginnings. Sarah Hegger gave us this challenge:
A great opening line draws the reader in, makes them want to know more and compels them to read further. Share a great opening line, can be a classic or a more recent novel, tell us why you like it and then share the opening line to your newest WIP.
The opening line sets the tone of the whole book, and it’s probably the hardest line to write (at least before you hit that wall that is the second line).
Call me Ishmael – Moby-Dick
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. – Pride and Prejudice
It was a dark and stormy night – Paul Clifford (Okay, maybe not so much)
Anyway, when I think of great first lines, I always think of:
Rukbat, in the Sagittarian sector, was a golden G-type star.
If you recognize that line, then you are acquainted with an author who is probably my biggest influence, Anne McCaffrey.
That line appeared, though it was not the first line, in the introduction of her first Pern novel. In Dragonflight, it was actually the first line of the second paragraph. Thereafter, however, it became the opening line of the introduction of every one of the following Pern novels.
I have fond memories of purchasing every one of her amazing Pern stories and opening to that introduction. It read virtually the same in every book, yet I read each and every introduction before diving into the story, because here this amazing author set the stage, and drew me back into her wonderful world.
And now, here’s the opening line (still open for editing) of my latest Hearts in Orbit book, Pirates of the Dark Nebula (Coming this summer from Soul Mate Publishing):
Yup, that’s it. One word.
Kind of underwhelming isn’t it. Sorry, I’m no Anne McCaffrey.
But I’ll bet Collette Cameron has a great opening line for you. Stop on over to Blue Rose Romance and check it out.
And also check out Triumph and Treasure, The first book in her new series, Highland Heather Romancing a Scot.
One word, maybe, but I’m looking for the next line asking “What’s impossible?” and that’s all it takes
So, what could be considered “Science Fiction” to characters in a science fiction story? 🙂
I’m with Sarah. A one word opening makes me want to read further, so mission accomplished. =)
Thanks Xio. Now on to that 2nd line.
One word is all one needs!
True, Tracey, as long as it’s the right one. Thanks for stopping by.
I’m with you on the classic choices, Steven (on 2 out of 3 of them). & I think your one word opener is clever.
Thanks Kim ♥
And now we want to know why it is impossible!
And that is part of the core story, so I guess I did better than I thought. Thanks, Collette.
It might just be one word, but it definitely made me want to read more.
Thanks Gemma. Looks like I’m on the right track here. Just 79,999 words to go…
You are so much fun!
Why, thank you. 🙂
The second sentence should read “Or is it.” Because nothing is impossible in fiction!
Ah, very true Veronica.
I wouldn’t say underwhelming! One word starters can really hit a reader and drag them into the story 😀
I hope so in this instance. Thanks for stopping by Mishka. ♥
I am actually a fan of one word or simple sentence openings!!! Loved your opening!!!
Thank you J.J, ♥