Why Stephen King Spends ‘Months and Even Years’ Writing Opening Sentences (via @theAtlantic, HT: @writerscentreau)

Great stuff here, including examples of some terrible first lines. Worth reading through for some advice from a master:

Stephen King: There are all sorts of theories and ideas about what constitutes a good opening line. It’s tricky thing, and tough to talk about because I don’t think conceptually while I work on a first draft — I just write. To get scientific about it is a little like trying to catch moonbeams in a jar.

But there’s one thing I’m sure about. An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.

It’s worth looking at. I find myself doing the same, writing down sentences that grab me, for stories I don’t even have yet, and jotting them into a notes app (Drafts) on my iphone.

When I’m starting a book, I compose in bed before I go to sleep. I will lie there in the dark and think. I’ll try to write a paragraph. An opening paragraph. And over a period of weeks and months and even years, I’ll word and reword it until I’m happy with what I’ve got. If I can get that first paragraph right, I’ll know I can do the book.

Read it here: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/07/why-stephen-king-spends-months-and-even-years-writing-opening-sentences/278043/

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