"You never get a second chance to make a first impression." Someone said this first, but there seems to be some disagreement as to whether it was the poet, playwright and novelist Oscar Wilde or the American humorist Will Rogers. The saying IS engraved on a plaque at his memorial, so even if he didn't originate the line, he must have said it enough times to make, yes, an impression.
But it's true, especially when you're writing, well, just about anything. You have to grab your audience by the eyeballs and the mind so that they make the decision to follow where you want to lead.
The proofreading service Scribendi has created a wonderful infographic of 34 fabulous opening lines. Are any of your favorites here?
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