I'd love it if you'd post your first line(s) in the comments and I'll compile them and post them on my blog next week. Maybe we can have a little discussion about what makes a good first line? Would you be up for that?
Now I don't want to turn into Authoress at Miss Snark's First Victim. I just want to know what YOU think makes a good first line. And I want to read yours. And then I want us to look at them and decide which ones work FOR US INDIVIDUALLY and which ones don't. And maybe ponder on why.
Anyone want to do this? You know I like stewing about such things. What do you think of these below?
1. So she tells me, the words dribbling out with the cranberry muffin crumbs, commas dunked in her coffee.
2. Good girls don't walk with boys.
3. I'd never given much thought to how I would die--though I'd had reason enough in the last few months--but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.
4. A tree branch slapped John Craig across the face.
5. The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.
6. The haze settling in Jesse Oropeza's head has nothing to do with Mr. Sadler's droning lecture on functions, though that would have done it.
7. The acrid smell of smoke floated in my head, taunting me.
8. "You've got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.
9. When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
10. Dark shapes drifted in front of the car, blocking the oncoming lights from the freeway.11. When I was a child, I didn't dream of growing up to be an international bank thief.
12. With one last, almighty roar, the Frenchman fell to his knees and died.
So if you're up for public
I'll make a list. I like lists. Lists like me.
1. Post your first line in a comment.
2. You can also comment about other things (the lines above. Can you guess mine?) if you want. You know I like that.
3. Next week, I'll post all the first lines and talk about which ones "work" for me and why.
4. You'll join in the discussion, naming which first lines you like and why.
5. We'll all have a jolly fun time discussing the first lines of books we've read, written, hope to write/read in the near and far distant future and basically learn from one another.