First Lines

Nanowrimo is upon me, and I'm getting my stuff together to give it another try. Historically I've gone a few days at most before giving up, but it's all in good fun. This time around I'm taking it totally analog, and will be using just a moleskine notebook, a Sharbo X multi-pen and some other writing materials. Yeah it'll be slower going than typing and it'll be a little harder to do word counts manually, but so far I seem to be able to sustain writing this way for longer periods. It's odd, I guess it just kind of flows a little better maybe? Anyway, all this Nanowrimo stuff has me thinking about how I could possibly start out the book. First lines are pretty important, and I suppose it doesn't have to be (or maybe even shouldn't be) written first, but it's a good place to start.

I've been going through my bookshelves for inspiration, and here are the first lines of a few of my favorite books.

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel" – William Gibson Neuromancer

"There was no possibility of taking a walk that day." – Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre

"It began as a mistake." – Charles Bukowski Post Office

"Jack Torrence thought: Officious little prick." – Stephen King The Shining

"Where's papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast." – E.B. White Charlotte's Web

"The Deliverator belongs to an elite order, a hallowed sub-category." – Neal Stephenson Snowcrash

"That was when I saw the pendulum." – Umberto Eco Foucault's Pendulum

"It was a nice day." – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett Good Omens

"I shall clasp my hands together and bow to the corners of the world." – Barry Hughart Bridge of Birds

"All this happened, more or less." Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five

"The day war was declared, a rain of telephones fell clattering to the cobblestones from the skies above Novy Petrograd." – Charles Stross Singularity Sky

"The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-wracked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards." – Ursula LeGuin A Wizard of Earthsea

"How to explain? How to describe? Even the omniscient viewpoint quails." – Vernor Vinge A Fire Upon the Deep

I will probably not be able to come even close to as good a start as any of these, but it is something to work towards.

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