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Lynne Roberts wrote her first story out of frustration at the age of 11 because Gone with the Wind just couldn’t end with Rhett and Scarlett not together.
She’s a hopeless romantic and a sucker for a happily ever after.
She’s been writing professionally since 2005 and, after reading some very talented authors, attempted her first erotic romance in 2009.
A hopeless coffee-addict, when she’s not writing, editing or on Twitter—which isn’t often—you can find her in the garden, reading or with her five children. Sometimes all of the above.
Lynne currently lives in sunny California. You can learn more about her on her website and blog. She’d love to hear from you.
Welcome Lynne to my blog. Please tell us about the significance of first lines.
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” That is the line that introduced, and hooked, me on Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The line makes you think, it intrigues. It sets the tone for the book. Once I read that line, I had to read the book. I wasn’t disappointed.
“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”
That is the first line of C.S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Now don’t you just want to find out why Eustace Clarence Scrubb deserved, or almost deserved his name? This line makes me smile and quite frankly, reading it now makes me want to read the book again.
Both of these lines do what a first line should do: they hook you. They tickle your imagination enough for you to open the book wider and read on.
The first line of a book is the introduction. It’s the first step on the journey through the story. A stumble here can ruin the journey.
As a writer, I try to keep this in mind when deciding how to begin a book. The first line doesn’t have to be a cliff hanger, or one sentence summary of the book. It can be an observation, dialogue or even description, but it must keep the reader reading.
I read a lot and although I read in a wide range of genres, when I pick up a book, I look at three things: the cover, the back blurb and the first line. Even when the first two pass inspection, if the first line doesn’t grab me, chances are I’ll put the book back on the shelf.
My oldest daughter shares this predilection. She’s called me just to share a really good first line. This method has worked for me. A good first line excites me, makes me want to drop everything, get comfortable and read. Only once have I loved a first line and not loved, or liked, the book. I felt cheated.
Have you ever been deceived by a first line? Do you have a favorite first line?
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