It’s Romance Weekly time!
This week’s question came from Sarah Hegger and was about opening lines:
A great opening line draws the reader in, makes them want to know more and compels them to read further. Share a great opening line, can be a classic or a more recent novel, tell us why you like it and then share the opening line to your newest WIP.
I was going to go the classic Pride and Prejudice route, because, well, it’s a classic and it’s one that pretty much everyone will have heard.
But, when I thought about it, there was another one that struck me.
It’s actually from a book I haven’t finished reading, and started years ago.
‘Burn this book.’
A striking line, right? 😀 It’s an opening that really caught me because of it’s sharpness, and has made me remember it for years, even if I never finished the book (which I will at some point!).
It’s from Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker.
As for the opening line of my newest WIP, well, as I stated last week, I have restarted it. So, this is very, very much a work in progress!
“Tut tut, Dr Murphy, nobody likes a coward.”
This won’t be the final version, but it’s something written so as the first page isn’t a stark blank page! 😀
So, there you have it!
Now hop along to Fiona Riplee’s blog and see what opening line catches her attention!
Is there an opening line you remember? What’s your WIP’s current opening line?
Status of sixth manuscript: Planning.
Word count: Eh heh…
Books read towards goal: 1/50
Currently reading: The Creative Writing Workbook by Matthew Branton.