It's the six-week count-down to my dissertation defense so, in case you haven't noticed, I haven't been doing much writing. Not here. But I recommend that you head over to The Atlantic
where Joe Fassler primed the pump for Stephen King's musings on the opening sentences of novels: Why Stephen King Spends 'Months and Even Years' Writing Opening Sentences
. King is beautiful and insightful on writing.
You've been here before.
All there by itself on one page, inviting the reader to keep reading.
It suggests a familiar story; at the same time, the unusual
presentation brings us outside the realm of the ordinary. And this, in a
way, is a promise of the book that's going to come. The story of
neighbor against neighbor is the oldest story in the world, and yet this telling is (I hope) strange and somehow different...