“Mommy, if you die, I’d want to die with you.”
Words from my 7-year-old as I’m trying to merge through a swamp of 270 rush-hour traffic. After I avoid almost crashing into the car in front of me, and after expounding a litany of question make sure she’s only expressing a thought and isn’t really ready to end it all with a butter knife, a thought strikes. Holy crap! What an opening line.
The fact that I have opening lines on my brain isn’t a phenomenon. Thanks to the WRW retreat, I have a few requests pending. And now comes the icky part: what I like to call worry wording. Where I chew and gnaw over every word. Especially in those first opening lines. I realize a fabulous first sentence won’t lead to a sale, the rest of the innards have to be there too, but it doesn’t hurt. So that got me thinking.. can you name your favorite opening line in a book, WITHOUT looking it up.