First Lines

Troy Howell Some first lines are direct and engaging, capturing you like a song. Here’s the first line from one of my favorite books, still in print after 46 years. It’s a book I occasionally open as a source of inspiration when my writing begins to slog. The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and … More First Lines

First Lines

by Troy Howell One of the habits I have as a writer is to randomly pick up a book—old or new, classic or contemporary, popular or unsung—to read its first line. (I also read the last line, to touch the two together.) Reading the first line of a book is like meeting someone, or opening … More First Lines