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Most Important Part of a Great Story

Would you agree, the most important line in a great story is the first line? Like a hook, if the first line is a terrific one, you’ll want to turn the rest of the pages. So, before I ask you to share your great opening line of a book, here are some classics you may remember.

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”  David Copperfield (1850) Charles Dickens

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.  Little Women (1868) Louisa May Alcott

“A sharp clip-clop of iron-shod hoofs deadened and died away, and clouds of yellow dust drifted from under the cottonwoods out over the sage.” Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) Zane Grey

“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking fish.” The Old Man and the Sea (1952) Ernest Hemingway

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