Today’s question is: What are your favorite first lines? How do your own WIPs start?
There’s nothing like a good first line, is there? Something that hooks you from the very beginning, digs in its clutches and refuses to let go? A good first line will cause me to walk up to the cash register, book in hand, while a bad first line means the book gets plopped back onto the shelf. Here’s one of my favorites.
“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.” The Knife of Never Letting Go.
And since fair is fair, here are my first lines.
“The interview room had housed murderers, drug dealers, robbers and embezzlers, but as far as she knew, she was its first serial killer. Well, alleged serial killer, of course.”