..so, yer starter for 10, Authors and Readers… can yeez take it?…

…I reckon as a writer I’ll keep learning until they nail down the lid… one of the planks on which I endeavour to build my novels is in having opening lines that intrigue and hopefully pique the reader’s interest immediately… I like other scribblers’ WURK that gets me interested from the start… one of the most prolific great producers of ‘hooks’ was Charles Dickens… ol’ Chuck really knew how to tease yeez in… fr’example, A Tale of Two Cities‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’ ; David Copperfield‘I am born’ ; A Christmas Carol‘Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that…’ and the Victorian readership of his day LUVVED it, and many a generation since has enjoyed his books ever since… I lay no claim to literary craftsmanship such as the esteemed Master Dickens, but my Jack Calder series is action-/character-oriented crime thriller stuff, and my four openings thus far are :



Ang Chu was good. He knew that. Killings were the least difficult of all the initiations expected of a good man and being an enforcer for the triads marked a step up the ladder.



It wasn’t supposed to happen this way.



The walk from Green Park subway station took her five or six minutes each morning depending on pedestrian traffic. This Tuesday was no different, except when she reached the junction with Piccadilly, the place was deserted.



The smell should have given it away in the first place.


..I’d sincerely be interested to know what the rest of yeez think?… so, yer starter for 10, Authors and Readers… can yeez take it?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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14 responses to “..so, yer starter for 10, Authors and Readers… can yeez take it?…

  1. I love those openings. I’ve always preferred a bit of getting acquainted, but readers kind of demand a hook these days.

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  2. I love all those opening lines, especially “It wasn’t supposed to happen this way.”

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  3. You have some really good opening lines, Seumas. I have to really work on mine when I write, I swear it takes forever to get it right, if I ever do. 😉

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  4. Great opening lines, Seumas. If I’m not careful, I might even learn a thing or two from your writing style and your blogs. Thanks for a great post. All the best!

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  5. I think they’re awesome first lines! On par with William Gibson’s “the sky above the port was the color of a television tuned to a dead channel.” And the Chorus: “oh for a muse of fire that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention, a kingdom for a stage, princes to act, and monarchs to behold the swelling scene.”

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  6. Top hole Jurassic. I liked it so much I tweeted it. To enter into the spirit of things, here’s the start of Angels’ Cut:

    A bright spring Saturday morning in a small Armagh town, and a great day for a killing.

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  7. Good openings, Seumas. I especially like, “The smell should have given it away in the first place.” I have a favorite from Raymond Chandler. “There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Ana’s…” I remember my brother speaking of the Santa Ana winds in Los Angeles. 🙂


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