Who is on the plum tree?
For some weeks now, I have been thinking about the importance of opening lines to anything we write. I admit readily that if a book doesn’t draw me in almost immediately, I don’t tend to read on. My favourite opening lines of all time are from Pride & Prejudice: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice (1813).
These words make me tingle, no matter how many times I read them. They reach the imagination on many levels at once.
Many of you who follow my blog are writers and poets. I decided; therefore, to make a feature of opening lines. And if you love to read, please tell us if, having read the openers I shall post, if you would be tempted to read on.
I had discussed the idea with Shawn MacKenzie who then gave us a great Editor’s Corner on Opening Lines. I am now going to take this opportunity to introduce the Opening Lines of one of Shawn’s books about dragons. I will feature her other book on dragons soon, as October is dragon month and Shawn is doing a month-long feature on the ancient ones on her blog. Read about them HERE.
“Thank the gods there are Dragons or we‘d surely have to invent them. And what a tall order that would be, to fashion out of whole cloth such fiercely splendid creatures! Such wild guardians and sage counselors, champions of sky, earth, and sea.”