TYPES OF OPENING SENTENCES

AN ACTION

“The stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over the down, walking as it seemed from Bramblehurst railway station, and carrying a little black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand.”

– The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells

A CHARCTER

“When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.”

– To kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

A STATEMENT

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

– Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

DIALOGUE

“Where’s Papa going with the axe?” Said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.”

– Charlotte’s Web – E.B White

WORLD BUILDING

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.

– The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

A THOUGHT

“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.”

– The Outsiders – S.E Hinton

A SETTING

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yell sin.”

– The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

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