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Favorite First Lines

Kris posted this on her blog last month and I thought it was a good idea, so I decided to share my own.

I have a lot of novel ideas. Some I’ve started and am editing, some I’ve started and have yet to finish, and others are still just ideas that may or may not ever begin.

I’ve decided to post the first lines of novels that I’ve started and completed.

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From Diary of a Lover, the first novel I ever completed and have edited multiple drafts. I’m not sure if this novel will ever see the light of day, but it still holds a special place in my heart.

“Dear Diary,
Today is the first of October 2008.”

Riveting start, huh? Also, I love that it’s 2008. That’s how long ago I started working on that novel. It’s been almost ten years.

From Saving Each Other, a novel I wrote for Camp NaNoWriMo a while ago. I have a series planned for this one, but I’m not sure if this will ever see the light of day, either.

“Our story begins in the scene of Flower Petals Preschool.”

I have no idea whose POV that is. Also, “Flower Petals” is bolded, which means I had planned on changing the name of the preschool.

From Take Over, a novel I hope to publish someday.

“My name is Roxana, but everyone calls me Roxie for short.”

Like I said, I have some editing to do.

From Hunter, the first book in The Hunt trilogy that I plan on working on soon after the two novels I’m currently editing.

“The house was quiet except for the rush of water pouring from the kitchen’s sink faucet.”

…I’m not sure how I feel about that one. Spoiler alert, an argument is about to start.

From George Florence, the first book in my mystery series, titles for the series as a whole and the novel itself is in the works. I’m hoping to have this novel finished by the end of the year.

“She believed him to be a hero, even if she had never met him… Or not that she could remember.”

This first line has changed so many times. And it may change again.

From The Lost Girl, a standalone novel I’m currently working on in between breaks of George. I also hope to have this one finished by the end of the year.

“It was supposed to be a lovely day.”

But apparently it wasn’t.

And there you have it. Some first lines from all the novels I’ve completed first drafts for. There are so many other novels I’ve started and haven’t finished. Maybe I’ll do a first lines post for those ones someday.

First lines are so important. For some, it can make or break whether a reader will continue the story or not.

Some of these may change, some may not. I’m not even sure how I feel about some of them. Either way, I hope you found this interesting at the very least.

What are some first lines from your WIPs? Which was your favorite from mine? Let me know in the comments below!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associateโ€™s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelorโ€™s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and childrenโ€™s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

18 thoughts on “Favorite First Lines

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  1. WOW! You have a gift for openings. Almost all of them would make me want to read the book–buy it if I were browsing in a bookstore and read the first line/paragraph…You are an excellent writer, young lady.

  2. You’re off to a good start! Like you I have just so many unfinished ideas for stories. Sometimes it takes time and patience to get through even a single page of quality work.

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