Today, I finished ‘Mr Vertigo’; a novel by Paul Auster. I’m not going to discuss it at length (or at all), but the opening line is worth a whole post by itself:
I was twelve years old the first time I walked on water.
That’s a cracker. The opening line must be the hardest one. It’s like ligthening from a clear, blue sky. It must hook the reader, make him curious about what’s to follow. According to McCloskey’s ‘Economical Writing’, the opening statement should not be boring, but take the reader from his current standpoint to the issue at hand.
The rest of ‘Mr Vertigo’ is also great, by the way; go read it!