It was a dark and stormy night.
It was all a dream.
Bad first sentences -- we've all written them. And crossed them out. Hopefully.
Did y'all see the recent Atlantic article? Stephen King on why first sentences matter?
Stephen King: There are all sorts of theories and ideas about what constitutes a good opening line. It's tricky thing, and tough to talk about because I don't think conceptually while I work on a first draft -- I just write. To get scientific about it is a little like trying to catch moonbeams in a jar...
And there's MORE.
Here's the linkety-link.
Also, I love Stephen King and I was thrilled to see a compilation of three of his novels on the Classics table at B&N last night!