Sometimes you know you are going to love a book from the very first sentence. This “hook” is not as simple as it sounds. What opening sentence drew you in when you first read a book? If you are an author, put your first line out there for a test. If you are an avid reader, give us the first line of your favorite book. ONE sentence only and it must be the first sentence.
The opening sentence in my WIP: Town Without Mercy reads like this. “”We interrupt this program to bring you a special report.”
Go ahead, give us your first line. If not your work, tell us what book and author it comes from.
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I was very happy with the opening line of Absent Children – ‘I’ve thought about suicide a lot lately.’ but haven’t yet come up with something I’m equally satisfied with for my WIP, The Mother in Me. At this point, it’s – ‘The lump of fear deep in my chest grows larger as I undo each button on baby Annie’s nightdress.’
I once won a year’s subscription to a Writers magazine in a first line competition. We had to write a first line to go with an image. I never wrote the story, though.