So this week, the YA Rebels talked all about opening lines. One of the hard parts of doing a weekly vlog is the fact that I can usually fill up about 15 minutes on the topic before I finally stop talking. And our videos have to be under 4 minutes. This is an 11 minute deficit, people!
In my mind, there are a lot of different jobs that a first line can fill. It can be thematic and tell you exactly what the book you’re reading is going to be about. It can punch you in the face with something you’re not expecting, thereby hooking you for the journey. It can be a slow burn – a first line leading to a second leading to a third, all of which draws you in. But whatever it is, I think a first line should be memorable. I like first lines that make someone stop, and turn to their friend to read the line out loud.