Opening lines are hard to write because they have to do so much:
What Opening Lines Must Do:
- Set up the main question the reader is going to be asking all the way through
- Establish the voice of the protagonist/narrator
- Set the tone
- Ground the reader in a time or place
That’s why I advocate writing the first lines last—or at least tweaking them after you’ve finished the story, when you know what it’s about.
So, how do you make your first line reflect all these things?
Let’s look at some examples. Continue reading “Mastering The Magic of Opening Lines”