The opening sentence to a novel is very important. Many people, including a number of agents and editors, will not read beyond the first sentence if they don’t like it. (That’s a lot of pressure on the first sentence!) That’s why writing a stellar first sentence is monumental. More often than not, what you originally think of for the opening line is not what ends up as the first sentence.
That’s perfectly fine. In fact, in most cases, that’s probably a good thing.
Great opening lines lure readers in. They entice them.
First lines can be:
- Vivid. “The rabbit had been run over minutes before.” Sabriel by Garth Nix
Most people have seen…
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