The First Slodge and the Power of Opening Lines

From Playing by the Book:

Never judge a book by it’s cover, but what about its opening lines?

Some of my favourite first words include:-

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.’

All children, except one, grow up.’

‘Where’s Papa going with that axe?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.’

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.’

The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. How far had he walked? Nobody knows. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. Taller than a house, the Iron Man stood at the top of the cliff, on the very brink, in the darkness.’

And now there’s this to add to the mix:

Once upon a slime, there was a Slodge.’

Continue reading at Playing by the Book.

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