Opening Lines: A Game of Thrones

*This post was initially published on my old blog, I’m moving it here with the intention of continuing the series. I hope you enjoy.

gameIf you ask a writer what one of the most difficult parts of the writing process is, you will hear “The first sentence” from a lot of us. Crafting that first sentence can be a time consuming process which can leave you feeling drained and hollow inside. This is a throw-back of my high school English teacher telling me over and over again that my first sentence has to be the best part of the story (she was wrong), and that stays with me up to this day.

So, with that in mind, I’m going to start a new series where I’ll showcase the first sentence of each book I read. Perhaps this will help me to learn something about the art of styling a great opening sentence.

Today’s sentence comes from “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin. My husband started reading this a few weeks ago and has been raving about it. There is also a TV Series on HBO by the same name, based on the book (and quite faithful to it).

“The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer.”

While this sentence seems to simply describe the weather, it holds a hint at the nature of the Stark family (the main characters). You only realize that once you have read a little further into the book, but it still primes the reader in a subtle and effective way.

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