Here is a great article someone brought to my attention from Writer's Digest. Some examples and thoughts about opening a novel (or non-fiction for that matter).
Reflecting on awful first lines (and, admittedly, drinking out of this delightful Great First Lines of Literature Mug) got me thinking about the inverse. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite openings. Share yours in the Comments below.
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
—Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
A screaming comes across the sky.
—Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
—George Orwell, 1984
It was a pleasure to burn.
—Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451