Once Upon A Time

While working on my short story this week I have focused on The Opening.

This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.    The Princess Bride, William Goldman

Since we all know how important it is to pick just the right words to open, and since I’m unimaginative when it comes to creating The Opening I rely a lot – okay, exclusively – on the work of others.

All children, except one, grow up. Peter Pan, JM Barrie

While my go-to list of 100 best opening lines is useful, my favorite resource is Darcy Pattison’s breakdown of opening lines in 12 Ways to Open Your Novel. I’ve always been a sucker for tables.

It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think he or she is wonderful. Matilda, Roald Dahl

So today I’m off to copy learn from my betters.

What about you? Do you study other openings for your inspiration? What do you always include in your opening lines?


by Bridgette Booth

Bridgette Booth writes for children and young adults. Her short story, THE LITERATURE CLUB PROJECT, is available on Amazon. You can email Bridgette at bridgette [at] bridgettebooth [dot] com.

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