“An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.
The best first line I ever wrote is the opening of ‘Needful Things.’ Printed by itself on a page in 20-point type: ‘You’ve been here before.’ All there by itself on one page, inviting the reader to keep reading. It suggests a familiar story.”
—Stephen King, author