21 December 2011

Posted by Lisa-Marie Dutt |
I often find myself taking hours just to come up with that perfect first line for a story; it's sometimes even harder than actually writing the story itself and that is never a good thing. I've always believed, as many other writers, the best way to grab your readers attention is to have encouraged to read on. This means you'll have to come up with a first line that lingers in their minds and makes them immediately want to know more.

Over the last few months especially I have been having problems with choosing starters straight away; it can take me up to an hour as I mentioned above. If you too have these issues with your writing, take a look at the examples below and see if they spark any ideas for you.

1. As she walked silently through the village, not a sound could be heard other than the echo her boots made as they came into contact with the pebbles beneath her feet.

2. Staring longingly into her ocean blue eyes caught him in a trance and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t turn his gaze elsewhere.

3. Worrying over the events of yesterday had her feeling drained and lifeless, knowing what she had said was heartless.

4. Although his heart was broken, he knew deep down that she still loved him and he would give everything he had to try and win her back.

5. Destiny had always been but a dream to her as she made her way through life without someone who cared.

6. A hand reached out to help her up from the unfortunate position she had gotten herself into after slipping on the rock coated with seaweed.

7. A positive attitude set a bright aura around her as she always saw the upside in even the worst situations.

8. Not being one to turn down such an offer, he grabbed the last ticket on sale and raced into the arena.  

9. Silence filled the surrounding area and all they could think of was to turn around and go back the way they came, through the chilling dark forest.

10. Memories of her past life flashed through her mind and had her wondering what if time travel was really possible.

The above ideas are first lines I created for my very first blog post and I hope they inspire and encourage you along your writing journey.


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