11/3/09

Great Openers


What do you think when you read this opening line?

Kayla's skin itched with a wicked fever...
(Opening line from The Wolf's Reclamation by Rhonda Dove)

We hear a lot about stellar openings and first lines these days. I know I've discussed this before as well. But as I've come to realize, openings, no matter how great still have to fit the story we are writing. I don't know about you, but I'm totally drawn in by Rhonda's opening line above. I can assume from the title this is at least about a wolf. A werewolf? I really do want to know what kind of itch or wicked fever Kayla has, who she is and what she is doing. I'm hooked.

Now it's time for me to stop and pose a question to everyone. What do you think about opening lines or paragraphs? I would like you to tell me. I'm asking you to send me your best and favorite openers from your own stories (or another author if you like) and explain why you think it hooks you. Send your great openers to me in an Email Here and when I accumulate enough, I'll do a blog post and share them with everyone.

Show us all why your work has or is going places! I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Kaye

13 comments:

Catherine Bybee said...

I video blogged about this a little while ago. Opening lines are very important to catch my attention and keep me turning pages. I'll get back to ya on my favorite. I need to find the book I'm thinking of and I'm not sure what stack it's in. lol

Kaye Manro said...

I remember you did that. I wrote about it a while back too. I thought this idea would be nice. So send me something! Thanks.

Debs said...

I'm going to have to go and think about this for a bit. Brain not working that well this evening.

Cari Quinn said...

Oh, this will be fun...email's been sent, Kaye. :)

Shelley Munro said...

I think Nora Roberts/JD Robb has some great opening lines in her books. I don't have any to grab to give quotes at the moment.

April Vine said...

I sent you an email!
Have a great day, Kaye!

Suzanne Jones said...

I'd be too shy to send you one of my opening lines - but you're right, they're so important.

XX

Helen Hardt said...

You know my favorite opening line: "My, what a beautiful cock!"

Rooster, that is...

Kaye Manro said...

Thanks to all for stopping by! And if you haven't already sent me a favorite opening line, please do so! I can't wait to do a blog with everyone's lines, even if it's from another writer you admire.

Dianne said...

Hi Kaye! I'll see if I can come up with a good opening line for you too.

J.A. Saare said...

I just sent mine in! =) I can't wait to read everyone's favorites!

Kaye Manro said...

Thanks Dianne and JA! I look forward to posting what you send.

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