Thursday, March 8, 2012


I am a huge fan of a fabulous first line. It truly sets the tone of your book and let's me know I am in for a great ride.

Elizabeth Bluemle has a must-read post on first lines today in PW SHELFTALKER called Great Beginnings. I often tell writers to read the first line, first paragraph, first chapter of books, tons of books...just the see how those firsts effect them.

Then, go create a unique, enticing beginning.

E. Bluemle points out in her post, Martha Brockenbrough did just that, twice in one book!

Martha Brockenbrough, Devine Intervention (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine).
This one has two great openings:
  • First is a reproduction of a document titled “The Guardian Angels’ Handbook: Soul Rehab Edition,” which begins: “Congratulations! You have been selected for membership in SRPNT, the Soul Rehabilitation Program for Nefarious Teens (Deceased).
  • And then Chapter One: One Monday morning, a couple years before my cousin Mike shot me in the forehead with an arrow, my eighth-grade homeroom teacher brought two cartons of raw eggs to school.
For more on how to write enticing first lines check out my post ACTIVATE YOUR STORY!



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