Most experienced, professional writers, have agonized over opening sentences. After all, opening lines set the tone, establish style, and are often the deciding factor in your reader’s decision to keep reading.
When I find myself struggling with a writing project, I read fiction to find inspiration. And recently, I’ve found inspiration in reading famous opening lines from the great works of literature.
In the spirit of finding that creative spark and broadening our knowledge, I offer the following list of the famous first lines. Can you match these with their literary works?
1. “All this happened more or less.” a. “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift b.” Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe c. “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck d. “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut
2. “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” a. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley b. “1984” by George Orwell c. “Animal Farm” by George Orwell d. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams