Elizabeth Bluemle has a must-read post on first lines today in PW SHELFTALKER called Great Beginnings. I often tell writers to read the first line, first paragraph, first chapter of books, tons of books...just the first....to see how those firsts effect them.
Then, go create a unique, enticing beginning.
E. Bluemle points out in her post, Martha Brockenbrough did just that, twice in one book!
Martha Brockenbrough, Devine Intervention (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine).
- First is a reproduction of a document titled “The Guardian Angels’ Handbook: Soul Rehab Edition,” which begins: “Congratulations! You have been selected for membership in SRPNT, the Soul Rehabilitation Program for Nefarious Teens (Deceased).
- And then Chapter One: One Monday morning, a couple years before my cousin Mike shot me in the forehead with an arrow, my eighth-grade homeroom teacher brought two cartons of raw eggs to school.