There are HEAPS of articles online that express how important having a killer first line and paragraph is. And I get that, I do… the amount of times I’ve flicked to the first page in a bookstore to see how I like the writing style, is amazing. So I guess, it is personally important to me. Is it important to you?
My current first paragraph for Wrapped in Darkness is:
Of all the places in the world I would have liked to wake up, sprawled out in a puddle of water was not one of them. The rain was pouring down from the sky, splattering against my face and all I could do was lie there and wonder how in the world I’d managed to stoop so low. Two weeks ago I’d been in college, working towards my dream of becoming a veterinarian for wildlife in Africa, and now I was soaked to the bone with a hangover from hell.
Is it a good opening paragraph? I don’t even know. Because that’s the problem with writing, it’s so subjective. Everyone will have a different opinion.
How important are first lines/paragraphs to you? Will you pick up a book just because the first few paragraphs grab you? And hey, feel free to share your own first paragraph below if you want some feedback from fellow writers 🙂 I would love to read some.