This past Sunday, I blogged about the opening lines of novels and asked readers to give the first two (or three) sentences from a work of their own, either published or unpublished. I got some great examples.
Next Thursday, an expert on openings is going to be the guest blogger on Straight From Hel. Current president of National Sisters in Crime and author of two mystery series, Roberta Isleib, is going to talk about openings. Isleib writes the Cassandra Burdette Golf Mystery series and the Dr. Rebecca Butterman Advice Columnist Mystery Series, plus she posts on two blogs – her own and Jungle Red Writers. She’ll not only be talking about openings, she’ll give examples from her own works.
In the meantime, what do you think makes the opening couple of sentences in a novel “good”? You might also have an example of a great opening (one-three sentences) of someone else’s work that you’d like to share. And if you didn’t post an example from your work last Sunday, feel free to do so now in the Comments section.
Then come back next Thursday, September 4, and help me welcome author Roberta Isleib on her blog tour stop at Straight From Hel .
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