As anyone who’s ever sat in one of my classes knows, I place a lot of emphasis on first lines. I’ve always worked super hard on mine, and I urge other writers to do the same. In fact, in my classes I usually collect everyone’s first line, then read them aloud, anonymously, and ask everyone else about how effective the line was at “hooking” a reader’s attention.
Kay let me know about this web site, where apparently you can enter your first line in a contest and perhaps win some money. I have no idea how legit this is, but why not check it out?
And the next time you’re in a bookstore, go to the fiction section and open several random novels. Read the first line . . . and see which ones make you want to keep reading.
My favorite first line of all time is from a Jodi Picoult novel: “Ross Wakeman succeeded the first time he tried to kill himself, but not the second or the third.” LOL! Isn’t that great?