I love starting a new book. I know a lot of writers struggle with novel beginnings, but I usually find the first three chapters the most fun and the easiest to write. There's something so exhilarating about beginning a new book. The story is fresh, the characters are new and undiscovered, and the adventure is just commencing. It's not always easy to get that first sentence or first paragraph right, though. Sometimes at the end of a book, I go back and write the first few pages again.
I'm sure everyone has their favorite first lines. Here are a few of mine.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Pride and Prejudice--Jane Austen
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so much like the present period that some of its nosiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. A Tale of Two Cities--Charles Dickens
Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.Gone With the Wind--Margaret Mitchell
I have a few favorite lines from my own books as well.
The spy called Saint hunkered down in the wardrobe she'd occupied for the last four hours and attempted to stifle a yawn. Lord and Lady Spy
Eleven-year-old Armand Harcourt, the comte de Valere, should have been asleep. The Making of a Gentleman
Lady Madeleine was going to make the best of this night, even if it killed her. And it probably would kill her. Blackthorne's Bride
And I wanted to share the first line from my next book, The Rogue Pirate's Bride, which will be out February 7.
"That's him," Percy whispered. "I'm almost certain of it."
I don't think I'm spoiling anything if I tell you the him is our hero, Bastien. I also don't think I'll spoil anything if I tell you Percy is speaking to our heroine, Raeven, who is in a tavern in Brest, France in order to challenge our hero to a sword fight.
So much potential and fun! That's why I love beginning a new novel. What about you? Do you have any favorite first lines from others' or your own books?