During my earlier posts about coming up with terrific titles, someone asked me what makes a strong first line. Oooo...now that's something I've never explored! I've appreciated them. Tried to develop them in my own books. But I've never really studied what it is about fantastic first lines that makes them stand out. So no time like the present, right?
I figured a good place to start would be with a few of my favorite first lines:
"It was Nathan's fault that I became God. It is, as I would learn, hell to be God." The God Game, Andrew Greeley (okay, that's two lines, but even just the first line is great.)
"The city was silently bloating in the hot sun, rotting like the thousands of bodies that had fallen in street battles." A Voice in the Wind, Francine Rivers
"This is my favorite book in the world, though I have never read it." The Princess Bride, S. Morgenstern
"A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years." Lightning, Dean Koontz
"The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world." The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson
So, now it's your turn. What are some of YOUR favorite first lines?