Monday, January 27, 2014

"Figure out who you are separate from your family, and the man or woman you're in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that's the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else."

― Angelina Jolie

"Work hard in silence and let your success be your noise."
*P.S. I've been spending some time rewriting my first line and forgot how difficult that is. After some helpful reading, I remembered that a first line should convey the tone of a book, serve as a hook, give away something about the setting or plot, and match the sentence structure of the rest of the book. This Writer's Digest article gives some great examples.
P.P.S. Do you have any favorite first lines?


  1. True, if you're not happy with yourself, then you won't be happy with anyone or anything else.
    First lines are tough. If I don't nail it the first time, then it takes forever.

  2. The first line can be difficult. There's so much pressure! Here's a post on some of my favorite first lines: 10 Favorite First Lines

    Good luck, Saumya!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  3. I don't have trouble with first lines, though that may be because I don't write novels. My difficulty comes from sprawling, saggy middles. Even my poems take the scenic route. Thank goodness for that evil practice called editing.

  4. These lines:
    It was the best of times,
    it was the worst of times,
    it was the age of wisdom,
    it was the age of foolishness,
    it was the epoch of belief,
    it was the epoch of incredulity,
    it was the season of Light,
    it was the season of Darkness,
    it was the spring of hope,
    it was the winter of despair,

  5. First lines-opening statement in a book, first scene in a movie is EVERYTHING. Spielberg has it imbibed perfectly...his opening scenes are marvel 2 watch in all his movies (rest of the movie may be boring but the film will always be tauted as 'masterpiece' for the way it grabs audience attention)