“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like h...ats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
I just started a workshop at Denver Lighthouse Writers on fine tuning your first 25 pages. I didn't know what expect from this, but WOW! I am so glad I joined up. I thought I'd share lesson one with you, in a nutshell.
1. The first line should give us an indication of what the book is about and raise a question. It should also be active, not passive. Not reminiscing or ruminating.
2. We should empower the first line of each chapter or section in this way....
3. The last sentence of your first paragraph should pack a punch or have a twist.
So now my first paragraph reads;
"At the center of the embalming room, on a stainless steel operating table, lies the body of Uncle Vladimir. Hamish, my late uncle’s funeral assistant, hands me an apron and latex gloves. As I put them on, I peer down at my uncle. He's dressed in a black suit and his face is caked in cream."
Does anyone else have advice on opening paragraphs or want to share theirs? Happy writing!
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