Every Wednesday for a long while, has been Weird Word Wednesday. I’ve been debating on whether or not I should keep this one.
While I enjoy the idea of discovering and sharing new words, I never find really good ones (in my opinion). If you want a good daily source of interesting words, Dictionary.com is a great source.
So, the alternative that I’m currently juggling in my head is having weekly quotes that are either from what I’m reading at the time or that are about writing.
I address these lines–written in India–to my relatives in England.
This is the first line from the book I’m currently reading, William Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone. I’m not yet very far in the novel (I’m on page 36), and I don’t have a favorite quote yet. And, besides, I feel like the first line or lines of any work are very important to said work.
Sometimes, the first lines are what determines whether or not a work gets read. There are some readers that will wait until the first chapter, page, or paragraph before judging a book, but there are also still plenty of people out there that will judge a book by the cover or first line.
The first line(s) serve to draw the reader in. They set the mood of the poem, story, or novel and can cast a spell on your reader that beckons them into your world of words that you’ve crafted for them.
So, when you write your first line(s), keep in mind that they’re powerful. And that all of your words are powerful.
Collins, William Wilkie. The Moonstone. Airmont Publishing Company, Inc., 1965. Print.