I’ve said it before: The first line of your story can’t just be good, it has to be great! People (and literary agents and editors are people, you know) won’t want to keep reading your story if you bore them with your first sentence. You get one chance to make that first impression.
On Wednesday, January 4th send me the first line of your adult fiction manuscript in the comments section and I will give you my feedback. My plan is to critique all entries, but ultimately this will depend upon how many actually come in. I will try to respond to as many as I can. And not to worry, I’m nice-ish.
Here’s an example of what to expect:
All this happened, more or less. This first line definitely caught my attention. I love the spareness of it and I immediately want to know what “all this” is. I’m intrigued because I know this is fiction, so which parts might be true and which fabricated? And it’s kind of snarky. I like snarky. So I’d keep reading this manuscript if it came into my inbox because I want to see what happens next. Nice job, Kurt!
DIRECTIONS: Submit the first line of your adult fiction manuscript into the comments section down below. THAT’S IT! NO intro. NO explaining. NO background. Just the first line. Only one entry per person. And sorry, if you don’t follow the directions I won’t post your submission.
You may post your first line on Wednesday, January 4th only between 6am and 9pm EST. Please be patient if you don’t see it right away. I’ll approve comments as quickly as I can. Children/YA first line critiques are coming soon!