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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.


  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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