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Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

“It was love at first sight.”

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That’s the first line, believe it or not, of Catch-22. I know because I found this dazzling graphic of “34 compelling first lines of famous books” (via Boing Boing, natch).

I’d download it if I were you, and anytime you need a little jolt of inspiration, take it out and scan these classic openings. It reminds you that every first line has to cause an avalanche of words.

Which reminds me — here’s the opening line of my new book, Fascination, coming soon:

It was true that she loved him but hated his name.

9 comments on ““It was love at first sight.”

  1. pinklightsabre
    July 21, 2016

    That Yossarian, in love with an Italian whore again? That’s a tough name, sounds suspicious, un-American.

    • Kevin Brennan
      July 21, 2016

      When a book about war starts with something about love, you know you’re in un-American territory!

  2. Helena Hann-Basquiat
    July 21, 2016

    My favourite? “It was a pleasure to burn.”
    Looking forward to your new book.
    First lines of my WIP?
    “Kurt Vonnegut didn’t know what the fuck he was talking about. Nothing was beautiful. Everything hurts.”

    • Kevin Brennan
      July 21, 2016

      Tell me it’s a comedy … πŸ˜‰

      • Helena Hann-Basquiat
        July 21, 2016

        Sadly no… The third and final book in the JESSICA trilogy

  3. C. J. Hartwell
    July 27, 2016

    I love the variety of books. Of course, Douglas Adams is awarded two entries, for good reason πŸ™‚

    • Kevin Brennan
      July 27, 2016

      Good eye! Makes me want to reread my Hitchhikers … (Thanks for following, by the way!)

      • C. J. Hartwell
        July 27, 2016

        No problem, love the look of your blog by the way.
        Just saw you followed me!
        Glad we stumbled into each other. πŸ˜€

      • Kevin Brennan
        July 27, 2016

        Thanks, Christi. Looking forward to reading you …

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