Opening Lines Recommendations for a Fiction Novel

When it comes to starting up your fiction story, you need to pay attention to the first chapter big time. And the opening line of it is as important as all the rest of the book, if not more.

To get it right with your novel at once (in case this is a fiction novel) you have to capture reader at first sight. Make trouble. I side with the writing gurus who advise you to put in a lot of conflicts early. Pick your trouble and make it big. If it can’t be big at first, make it ominous. Or, as Mark Twain puts it: “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug” So, there virtually can be nothing more important in your book, than what you chose to tell on the first page and in the first paragraph of it.

It serves as a reason for your readers to buy your book, for your agent to be optimistic about book prospects and for your publisher or an editor-solicitor to not throw the manuscript down the drain. So you’d better listen to these tips. These can help your first chapter shine, and your opening line or a paragraph startle reader. Which will eventually make them pay money for your artwork.

160 total views, 4 views today