First Lines7:00 AM
Once upon a time, I entered Kingdom Pen's Begin Your Novel Contest. And then won third place with the first 150 words of my novel Pariah. So yeah, that happened.
Anyway. The whole point of that bit of bragging up there (besides the fact that I'm pretty pleased with myself, so whatever) is the fact that in preparing for the contest I had to really think about story beginnings - about how to hook readers with something fascinating, and the importance of first sentences, and where to start, and so on.
For me, the first line is a huge part of that. That's the first thing readers see, after all. It's the thing that starts the story, that makes them want to keep reading. If I read a boring or bad first line/first paragraph, chances are I won't want to continue that book. (For me, at least. Some people struggle through no matter what. Good for you.)
|*fangirls because favorite book ever*|
This one is first person! It's not one of those "hi, my name is *name here* and I'm special", like some of these, but it's immediately introducing you to the character - in this case, the wonderful Darrow. It sets the tone, giving you an idea of the character. It also brings up questions. What are the other things we should know about him? Who is his father? What's the significance?