How do I hate writing first lines? Let me count the ways! Actually, I even hated coming up with the first line of this very post.
But as the other Debs have noted, I know first lines are super important. Critical, in fact. They immediately reveal so much about your characters and their worldview.
Which is why, while working on TINY PRETTY THINGS, we had to think four times as hard about first lines. I know what you’re thinking: but there are only three narrators, Sona!
Well, yeah, except that we have a chapter zero. Which begins with this:
It always feels like death.
And that first line? That’s the one that starts the whole thing. So it has to hook you and real you in. Which is where we get to the real workhorses of literature — second lines! And third lines. And whole damn near perfect paragraphs.
What I’m saying is, a good first line is a lot like a good first kiss: full of hope and expectation and character. Ideally, it’s setting you up for a satisfying ride.