Friday Question: What Is Your Favourite First Line?

In my very first article for FYW, I discussed how to write a great first line. Doing this is incredibly important, if you want to hook your reader and get them to read on, which of course you do.

Throughout literature there are some stunning examples of great first lines. So…

What Is Your Favourite First Line?


Great opening lines are perfectly crafted, set the tone for the story to follow, and usually raise questions in the reader’s mind that they want to read on and find answers to. The best ones transcend the story that follows, they are quotable and find themselves part of culture far beyond simply being the first sentence in a book.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

Some are grand, others are simple. But whatever your favourite is, please let us know!


Post your favourite opening lines, famous or otherwise, in the comments below!

Image courtesy of Kelly Sedinger.

Christopher Jackson is the Editor for Fuel Your Writing and a creative copywriter. He is currently working on Project: Snotbook, an interactive children’s storybook for iPad.


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