There’s so much pressure to write the perfect first line for your story. Everything hinges on the reader’s first impression and you wanna give them something awesome.
We all know the ‘famous first lines’, the ones that blow us away and make us a little intimidated. How are we meant to come up with something as loaded as the simple words
Mother died today.
Or as intriging as
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
And I’d have to say that one of my favourite novel openings is
Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin. My soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.
This article outlines 7 ways to create the perfect first line. From the list, I’m pretty sure my book’s first line falls under ‘A statement to establish mood’, even though it is directly related to the story… whatever.
My ‘hook’ is probably going to change and morph a hundred times before the story is finished, and that’s okay. I’m sure nobody writes an amazing opening sentence first time around. It goes through drafts, gets deleted, started again, all in the search for something not too hot, not too cold, something just right.
As much as we’d like to, we can’t all just come out with lines like
Mr. and Mrs. Dursely, of number four, Privet Drive, were very proud to say they that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.