Yep, the first sentence is important. But the sentences that come after it are more important.
A first sentence won’t make or break your book, but all the rest of them – will.
I’m reading a book right now that I – can’t – put – down. I’m breaking from it because I need to write my blog posts. It’s not often that I find a book I must read straight through. (Okay, the only time I stopped was to run in and catch the Cold Miser and Heat Miser sing their solos in The Year Without A Santa Claus. And to pour some eggnog. And because my son was trying to read over my shoulder and the book is so not appropriate for a second grader. But, you get the point.)
In this particular story, it’s such an original premise that I have no clue what’s going to happen next. I’m just halfway through and able to piece together a few guesses. The conflict is sky high. So, of course, I’m burning through it totally involved and clicking my Kindle like crazy.
It’s also a crazy premise as in unbelievable. But it is so well written that – I believe it.
Any idea can be believable in the hands of a great writer. Sometimes I can’t put a book down because of a character and sometimes the plot. I love when I stumble upon a book like this.
I’m asking the one question we want every reader to ask. How is this going to end?
Care to guess what book I’m reading? I tweeted about it a couple days ago. What was the last book you read that you absolutely had no idea what would happen and couldn’t put it down?