Road trip Wednesday — First Lines

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.”

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11 Responses

  1. Karla Nellenbach says:

    SOLD on your opener!

    heheh…but my word verification says "later" hmm

  2. Sarah Enni says:

    Oooh that is a solid opening. I would bring that to the register for sure.

  3. Abby Stevens says:

    AGREED! Excellent opening!

  4. KT says:

    I used THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO too! Freaking love Todd's voice in it 🙂 And that is an amazing opening!

  5. Kristin Miller says:

    Awesome. Love the POV of an "alleged" serial killer.

  6. Rebecca B says:

    And when can I read the rest?

  7. Amanda Hannah says:

    NICE first line!

  8. Kaitlin Ward says:

    Your opener DEFINITELY hooks me.

  9. Jess says:

    Whoa! GREAT first line! I am so ready to read more. 🙂

  10. Marieke says:

    LOVE! Definitely sold too!

    Also, I've a blog award for you on my blog!

  11. ....Petty Witter says:

    Hi meredith. I saw you mentioned over at Merieke's blog and thought I'd stop by to say hello. Nice to meet you, I've enjoyed my visit. You are so right about a first line being important and I have to say the first line of your book certainly has my attention.

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