Posts have been scarce since I started work on a book of fiction and doing workshop work. It’s harder but more exciting than I thought it would be. Anyhoo, I stumbled upon this list of opening literary lines and thought I’d share my favorites from it:

‘Notes From Underground’ by Fydor Dostoevsky

I am a sick man . . . I am a wicked man. An unattractive man, I think my liver hurts.

‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Gabriel García Márquez

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.

‘1984’ by George Orwell

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

‘The End of the Affair’ by Graham Greene

A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.


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