This year I am going to write a novel. The coffee is on, my pen is posed and this week’s thoughts are on an opening line.
Here are a couple of my favourite story openers in no particular order:
- Alice Sebold’s The Almost Moon – “When all is said and done, killing my mother came easily.”
- Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons – “Physicist Leonardo Vetra smelled burning flesh and he knew it was his own.”
- Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World – “The Palace still shock occasionally as the earth rumbled in memory, groaned as if it would deny what had happened.”
- Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian – “The story that follows is one I never intended to commit to paper.”
- Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on your Knees – “They’re all dead now.”
Those opening lines pull the reader right in. What do they all have in common? They are in the middle of a dramatic point of the story, something we as the reader want to know more about.
What are some of your favourite opening lines?
By Shari Marshall -2021