For the last three Wednesdays my post has included a non-English word, which is unusual since English is the only language I speak. Continuing with that trend, here is my foreign word for today: Liebster: German (noun), favorite, dearest.
But before I get ahead of myself, a few thoughts on...
As writers we constantly hear how important that first line is. Many of us agonize for days, weeks, even months, over that first line. Please tell me, is it really that important?
Don't get me wrong, I realize that the first line is important, but is it really the place where you stop and say this is (or isn't) the book for me? Often I'll read the entire first page, (if not more) before I say, yay or nay, on a book. In fact, I'm one of those odd readers who will read the jacket flap, the first page summary, and (sometimes) even that last paragraph of the book before I make my decision.
With that said, I'm wondering, Should our first line be written in the blood of our first born or should it just get the story started?
Below are a few first lines, from books I've loved, but didn't read on just because of the first line. These first lines did succeed at making me curious, a sign of a good first line, but they didn't make me say, I have to read this book. They just made me say, Hmmm.
- Mariam was five years old the first time she heard the word harami. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Muse For Today: How have first lines affected you?
Writer in Training, Julie DeGuia has given me the Liebster Blog Award. Hop over to her blog and check out what she's up to; it's always something helpful.
This award is designed to recognize and promote blogs that have less than 200 followers, and there's 5 simple rules that go along with it:
- Thank the person that gave it to you. Thanks Julie!
- Link back to their blog (see above).
- Put the award in your blog (ditto).
- Present the award to 3-5 blogs with less than 200 followers
- Leave a comment to let those blogs know that you've recognized their awesomeness!
Below are the blogs I picked. I must say that everyone who makes time to check out my blog IS dear to me. So, if you like the Liebster Award, grab it, and share it with someone who is dear to you.
- Laura at Stranger Than Writing. She just made her 50K goal for Camp NaMoWriMo. Way to go Laura!
- Magical Mystical MiMi who is promoting her friends new store Encore Furniture Gallery.
- Melissa Buell at Have Imagination, Will Write is going to ALA this year. I wish I was going too!
- Patricia at Sugar and Spice and All Things ? Nice, who has a picture, for Wordless Wednesday, of the cleanest hornets nest I've ever seen.
- Lauren over at Word Art: Painting
With Words where she is pointing out amusing
missspellingmisspellings along the Oregon coast.