Wake Your Protagonist: Opening Lines

How do you fair with those early words? Do you find introducing your story to the audience the easiest part of the process or the part where you’d stick a hot poker in your eye if promised such an act would make the creative juices flow? Join the discussion!

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Some great opening lines chosen at random:

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. —Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. —William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)

It was the day my grandmother exploded. —Iain M. Banks, The Crow Road (1992)

It was a pleasure to burn. —Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.  —L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between (1953)

These writers hooked their audience with those first lines, so much so that years later these first lines are listed among the greatest of their kind, to which emerging writers might aspire. What do you think makes these combinations of words enthrall a reader?

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