7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line for Your Novel by Jacob M. Appel & Brian Klems


A killer opening line is perhaps one of the hardest things to come up with. You want something that will grab your reader’s attention right from the beginning and hold it there until they can’t put  your book down. That’s a lot to expect from one little sentence. But when it is done right, that opener will stick with your readers long after they’ve finished the book.

In this Divas Recommend, Brian Klems from the always wonderful Writer’s Digest presents ideas about creating just the right opener for your book with his article, “7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line for Your Novel.” Many of the ideas come from Klems’ fellow writer and Writer’s Digest contributor, Jacob M. Appel. The examples come from familiar books, both contemporary and classic; and with seven types to choose from, there’s sure to be something to fit your story.

I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did, and maybe it will be just the thing that helps your find that perfect opener to your masterpiece!

Now… go write something!


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