When you’re writing your novel there are sometimes moments when you find yourself dreaming of your book lying in a bookshop. It’s a nice thought for the aspiring author but the aspiring author should always think of how important the bookshop is.
Think about how you choose a book when you are in a book shop. Most people look at the cover, the title, the author and then open it up and read the first sentence. Some people also read page sixty nine on the advice of Marshall McLuhan – but lets ignore that for the moment.
So the title you can pick and choose and it is very important. But you can’t be an established aspiring author so people aren’t going to recognise your name. And you probably won’t be designing your own cover. But you can focus on the first line that is something you can do.
They can be funny, like Iain Banks in The Crow Road,
“It was the day my grandmother exploded.”
Or intriguing like, Sylvia Plath in The Bell Jar,
“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.”
What are your favourite opening lines?