We all know that first impressions are important. When we go to an interview, we dress our best – typically we we shower and put on pants. Why? Because if we don’t make at least a decent impression, then we don’t stand a chance of getting hired. With writing, it’s the same thing. We want to make an impact with the readers so they, you know, hire us – or at least keep reading our work. Yes, we need time to build the storyline to get to the hook – usually in the first chapter – but that first line needs to be catchy.
Some of history’s best first lines:
- It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. – George Orwell, 1984
- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….- Charles Dickens, A Tale Of Two Cities
- Call me Ishmael – Herman Melville, Moby Dick
- There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. – Emily Bronte, Jane Eyre
So what’s all this about first lines? Well…. A. Marie and I are planning something fun in the very near future! You, yes you, will be able to chose the first line of a round robin short story that we will write right here on this very blog! So be on the look out for the first line choices!
In the meantime, the submission deadline for the October issue comes to a close on the 30th! Get your stories in soon. The theme is “What Lies Beneath.” So, try your absolute best to creep us out! Bet you can’t! Gonna write about the “things” buried in the back yard? Or how about those deeply buried emotions that if brought to the surface could create havoc and chaos? What about those unspoken desires you dare not let into the light? Well, that is creepy. But send them in!