Dear Readers – Share Your First Lines

Fabulous first lines tend to stick with all of us. We ponder them, agonize over them, rewrite them, and rewrite them again. And more than once, we’ve actually purchased a book based on breathtaking first line or paragraph.

Plus, a good first line is quotable. Who doesn’t remember these?

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” – Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

“Call me Ishmael.” Moby-Dick, Herman Melville

Also, our own Laura Drake has offered some great advice on writing a winning first line here and here.

But today, we invite you to share the opening lines of your current WIP (work-in-progress) or recently finished novel in the comments! Or share a favorite from someone else. Give us the title and genre, then your opening line(s). Feel free to comment on others’ as well, and tag your writing friends on the post!

We’ll get you started.


“Jack Schmidt ambled into the main office of the lumber mill carrying his father’s lunch pail. Sounds of rage poured through the inner office walls.” The Hobo Code, YA historical Fiction

Chairman Meow, our feline ball of fluff, occupied my bedroom window seat.” Crystal Memories, work in progress


Computer work and the Pill almost killed me. The Best Morning of My Life, a short story

Boaz pushed open the door to the tiny shop and inhaled the magic that never got old. Brotherly Love, a short story

“He’d been seduced by space travel. He’d testify on it if he had to.” What Comes After Doomsday?, a short story 


“It had been two days since we left the Ice Palace in the frozen tundra of Arctus.” Max and the Isle of Sanctus-Book 2, Secrets of the Twilight Djinn


“Ellie held Rocky’s fishbowl on her lap, watching stars from the forest ridge overlooking their remote Earth town. This has been their nightly tradition during their furlough, but tonight she had business to discuss with him. Star Tracker, a New Beginning, a sci-fi short story

Now it’s your turn. Share your opening lines—or a favorite from another author below!

We hope this helps kick off a great weekend of writing!

Ellen, Jenny, John & Kris

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