Royalty-Free Novel First Lines

Attention-getting openers to hurl you on your way to writing fame and fortune


Writing a novel is hard. But writing the perfect first line is even harder.

Most of us know the opening to the 1830 novel Paul Clifford by Sir Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton:

“It was a dark and stormy night;”




Old bones. Young heart. Uniquely arranged words.

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Old bones. Young heart. Uniquely arranged words.

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