Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Openings Contest #2
April is gone! That means I have to come up with my second "Openings Contest" and soon. My first one turned up a great opening, so I'm hoping this one will too.
This time I'm only stipulating, "Write a damned good start to any novel." Pull me into the story. I don't care if it's a WIP or something you're only thinking about writing someday, sometime, maybe.
The prize is the same: a critique of one opening chapter--any opening chapter, just not War and Peace, okay?
Here's what Mike Boyd, our first winner says:
"I encourage everyone to jump into this. It's free, it's fun, it's fast (a lot quicker than a Best New Novel competition!), and as Samuel Johnson said of an impending execution, 'It focuses the mind wonderfully.'
When a reader picks up your book or manuscript, the first sentence is the most important one in the entire work. It's what motivates her to read the second (which then becomes the most important sentence--but only briefly). What this means is that an Openings contest is one of the most valuable writing exercises you can try. And best of all--you might win!"
So? What are you waiting for? Let's see those entries. The judges are itching to get started.