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3 Things That Make a Great 1st Line | A Writer’s Path

Start your book right. Author Morgan S. Hazelwood gives pointers on how to make the first sentence of a novel do a lot


“The title of this sounds pretty lofty, doesn’t it? For those of you who don’t have a finished manuscript, though, this might not be so useful. Write your novel, edit it, then see if you can cut the first chapter. Don’t count the writing as a waste, YOU needed to know what was going on so you could write the rest of the book. Then, it’s time to tweak that 1st line.

The first line of a novel has a lot of work to do…” ~ Morgan S. Hazelwood

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

2 Comments

  1. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Excellent advice for writers, JoAnn. I’ve worked hard on the first sentence of my convent novel. Here’s my first sentence: “Barbara Lovell’s life was unraveling like the thread in the hem of her religious habit.”

    Here’s hoping it will grab an agent or publisher’s attention to want to read more.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      You have nailed it, Rosaliene. I look forward to reading your convent book.

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