It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times: 19 Great Ways to Start a Novel


Every November, hundreds of thousands of people set out to write a 50,000 word novel in only 30 days. We’re tired just thinking about it.

So to kick off NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated), we asked TIME readers to tweet us what first line they would use to get the ball rolling. The results ranged from hilarious to poignant to, well, bizarre. Published authors even got in on the fun … telling 140 character tales of cannibalism, no less.

Here are some of our favorites:

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Apps for a Better Reading Experience

The link below is to an article that looks at 8 apps it claims will make you a better reader, however I don’t believe they will make you a better reader, but will enhance your reading.

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Not Reading Ebooks to Kids

The link below is to an article on how one journalist will not read ebooks to her kids. What do you think? Please offer your thoughts via our poll.

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