I have been thinking about first lines lately. You know, the ones you write at the beginning of your novel to grip and entrance the reader. It's those first words that really set up the stepping stones of your novel. They can encourage you to continue crafting or tempt you to toss yourself over the side of a bridge. Okay, maybe that's a bit much.
Regardless, I got to mulling over my first lines. You see, I started this new book. It's going. Not very fast, but it is going. It took me awhile to figure out where to begin. Is it just me, or is the pressure on the first paragraph astronomical When you set out to query agents, they are going to decide off of the first four or five pages whether they want to see more of masterpiece it took you two months to six years to complete, give or take depending on who you are and what sort of novel it is.
Anyway, the new first line to my story is:
Like some sort of post graduation cliche, I
found myself working at a coffee shop called Bitches Brew, where only snarky
females seemed to get hired, and living in a dive apartment with two others girls I barely
Maybe it isn't the greatest first line ever put to paper (virtual paper, that is), but it allowed me to delve deeper into the story.
Because I love getting distracted, here are a couple first lines from three of my other novels:
believe the decline started with the earthquakes and floods, but Falcon knew it
began with greed.
2. Despite what Carla Wells told everyone, I wasn’t
jealous of her and found the idea itself insulting.
3. When he entered the world, the odds were already
stacked against him.
First lines are both my favourite things and the bane of my existence. Only because I am being overly dramatic, though. Let's have share-fest 2013!
What are you first lines?