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First Lines: Tangled Webs

“Lord Huntington made his way through the crowded ballroom with the poise and elegance of an over-fattened Christmas goose.”

London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. 300 more words

First Lines

Countdown to IDK: First Words

What grabs you about a book, from the first page?  Some readers like getting right into the action, as in


First Lines: A Study: Part 2: The Most Memorable Lines

Well, I did that first study, and I thought to myself, These books may merit five stars, but some of these first lines do not… 2,077 more words


The Evolution of a Sentence

The first sentence of a novel is the author’s first opportunity to grab you, to hook you, and keep you reading.  Somewhere in my stacks of books that are now packed away for the summer, I have a lesson about first lines. 590 more words

Slice Of Life

A Good First Line (and Hard Work)

A few years ago (too many to be able to track down the source again, curses!) I came across a reference to writing a decent poem essentially coming down to “a good first line, plus hard work”. 986 more words

General Writing Blather

Dissecting ARIAH's Opening Paragraph

Every couple of months, a new listicle pops up on my Facebook or Twitter feed rounding up the greatest opening lines in literature. Or there’s… 970 more words

Writing Is A Process