Who is on the plum tree?
Great opening lines should hook the reader, drawing them immediately into the story. These days, our language tends to be less grammatically correct, but perhaps less cumbersome. Personally, I love the way English used to be written and spoken. I don’t think it possible to break the rules of grammar successfully if you don’t know them in the first place. I liken learning the basics of writing to learning the plié in ballet; learn it, and one day you will be able to perform a perfect grand jeté just like Gene Schiavone (inset) dancing La Bayadere with The Maryinsky Theatre!
Below is an example of great opening lines in which the author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was daring enough to write one sentence that was 148 words long…
“Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies’ eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde’s Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde’s door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.”
What a sentence! I am definitely hooked and want to read on. Anne talks breathlessly and at great length throughout this wonderful story, but the narrative keeps pace with her. As it’s a classic, You can download this novel for FREE HERE Find out all about the movie HERE
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