7 Keys To Write the Perfect First Line of a Novel
Earlier this week, I read “Poppies,” a short story by Ulrica Hume, one of our authors on Story Cartel. Initially, I had only planned on skimming a few pages, but the first line hooked me. Before long, I was finishing the last page.1 Great first lines have that power, the power to entice your reader enough that it would be unthinkable to set the book down. How, then, do you write the perfect first line? Free Guide: Want to become a writer? This post is about what makes great first lines great. Note that some of these lines are a bit longer than one sentence. By the way, if you haven’t already read Monica Clark’s excellent post about writing the perfect first page from Monday, you should read it immediately. Let’s get started, shall we? Perfect First Lines Are Vivid Here’s the line from Ulrica Hume’s “Poppies” that caught my attention. I was born upside down, the umbilical cord looped twice around my neck. It’s a simple sentence, but I love it. Isn’t that a cool image? Mr. and Mrs.
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