Fabulous Opening Lines #amwriting #CharlesDickens

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Alison Williams Writing

dl-portrait-charles-dickensCharles Dickens was born on this day in 1812. One of my favourite writers, he has a lot to teach us today (and some of his compassion and philanthropy wouldn’t go amiss either).

I wrote this post about opening lines a few years ago, but Dickens was the master of them, so in celebration of his birthday, here it is again.

The opening line for your novel must draw your reader in. They should read that first line and think: I need to read this book. I want to know what happens.

So how do you create a great first line? That’s a difficult thing to try and explain. The best thing to do, as with most things, is to read. And when you read, think about your reaction to that opening line. Do you want to read on? If so, why? And if not, why not? I can do…

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4 thoughts on “Fabulous Opening Lines #amwriting #CharlesDickens

  1. Best opening line in a novel – “many people in the Miracle Valley had theories about why Joh Mondragon did it.” – the Milagro Beanfield War – John Nichols. I hated that man for days afterwards because of that one line. I had to read the book after that.

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