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7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel
« on: September 01, 2015, 05:04:01 PM »
    • A statement of eternal principle - "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice); [/size][/font]“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” (Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina)
    • A statement of simple fact - “I had a farm in Africa” (Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa); “It was a pleasure to burn” (Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451)
    • A statement of paired facts - “In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together.” (Carson McCullers’ The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)
    • A statement to introduce voice - “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.” (Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita); “What’s it going to be then, eh?” (Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange)
    • A statement to establish mood - "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” (Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar)
    • [/size]A statement that serves as a frame - “Once upon a time” (since 14th century); “You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler …” (Italo Calvinos' If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler)

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    Re: 7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel
    « Reply #1 on: September 02, 2015, 08:30:20 AM »
    "A statement of eternal principle - "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice)

    “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” (Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina)"

    These certainly are killer opening indeed! I have re-read Pride and Prejudice at least once a year. The language usage in this novel is timeless and beautiful. As for Anna Karenina, I prefer watching different version of movies.

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    Re: 7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel
    « Reply #2 on: September 02, 2015, 04:31:15 PM »
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    "A statement of eternal principle - "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice)

    “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” (Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina)"

    These certainly are killer opening indeed! I have re-read Pride and Prejudice at least once a year. The language usage in this novel is timeless and beautiful. As for Anna Karenina, I prefer watching different version of movies.
    ;) ;D


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    Re: 7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel
    « Reply #3 on: November 07, 2015, 08:31:06 AM »
    Hey, these are all awesome!

    I have struggled to find that one sentence that can hook the reader right away and these principles seem like a good way. I think I'm going to give several of them a try, see what works for me.


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    Re: 7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel
    « Reply #4 on: November 24, 2015, 05:24:46 AM »
    These are really helpful tips. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Out of all those 7 opening lines, my favorite is the one from Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar." That book is an absolute treasure.

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    Re: 7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel
    « Reply #5 on: March 02, 2016, 09:14:29 PM »
    Thanks for these tips!! I am always stumped when it comes to my opening lines for a new novel. I feel like I always do that last and work around everything else. Does anyone else do that? I have been told that it is strange for me to write my opening lines last.

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    Re: 7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel
    « Reply #6 on: June 29, 2016, 02:52:05 PM »
    This is very timely. I have been struggling for months now to get my writing groove going. While I attribute this primarily to things going on in my life, I know that sometimes when I try to focus I have what I usually refer to as a 'hard start' and that opening line just beats me. I still think I am generally on the right track after seeing this.

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    Re: 7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel
    « Reply #7 on: June 29, 2016, 03:48:12 PM »
    These are on doubt informed ways to break the ice in the preliminary lines of a novel since this where a make or a break occurs. Most readers are very impatient and judgemental and first impressions really matter here. I should also state that spontaneity also pays, anyday. It invariably boils down to one's creativity and grit of imagination. You can even start with a word of caution telling the reader to brace for what to expect in order to create suspense.

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    Re: 7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel
    « Reply #8 on: July 18, 2016, 04:23:30 PM »
    This is one of my favorite things to do! I am constantly, all day long, in the back of my mind, coming up with one liners to use as openings lines of stories or books.

    Of course, most of my stories are flash fiction, so I need a lot of opening lines. It's so much fun --I wish there was a site where people wanted to buy my opening lines.

    Sort of like--cues for what to write--prompts!

    Re: 7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel
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