Beautiful Beginnings: The First Sentence

Perhaps a book shouldn’t be judged by its cover, but what about its first sentence?

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a writer in pursuit of a great lead should not steal others’. Ironically, and on purpose, I just did, using one of English literature’s most famous openings — from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

How you open your story, article, letter, or application greatly matters for its success. So much, actually, that it might make or break your piece: If you pique your readers’ curiosity in the first sentence