The first page, roughly 300 words, will have to express a great deal.
A short fiction. Feedback welcome.
The opening of a book is the hook, the line, and the sinker. "The hook" provides the catch, "the line" provides the tension, and "the sinker" provides the direction.
My idea for the opening lines of a first chapter.
Start a story, they said, with the words "We are the granddaughters of the witches you failed to burn."
An experiment reveals that 92.6% of the words in a first draft were redundant.
I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey because it has been reported that the lousy prose is contagious. Zoe Williams of the Guardian wrote in her review of E. L. James’ trilogy “Goddammit. I've been infected by James's ominous, staccato delivery. After 1,600 pages of the stuff, you will too. I'm doing it again. … Continue reading Writing Exercise 1