To create a hook for the first line of your book, pose a question in the reader’s mind. Who? What? Why?
Example from 15 Best First-lines in Fiction. by Matt Blake, Penguin UK contributor:
‘I am an invisible man’
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952)
Not just an iconic opening line, but a deeply enigmatic one. As the unnamed narrator quickly explains, this is not a case of Edgar Allan Poe or Hollwood invisibility but a man ignored by the society around him. Thus begins one of the greatest novels of the 20th Century.
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