Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Live on Sunday, March 13, 2016
5 to 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Join us as we critique first paragraphs of any
work in progress.
To celebrate the launch of the print version of The Magic of Fiction, The Editor’s Blog is hosting a week of excerpts, events, and giveaways.
On Sunday, March 13, we’ll be critiquing first paragraphs.
This will be a fun and constructive exercise. If you want or need feedback on your story’s opening, here’s your chance to get some. Please return the favor by offering comments and/or suggestions for the first paragraphs of other writers. Invite your writing friends.
~ Post your first paragraph (fiction or nonfiction) in a comment—let us know if the work is nonfiction.
~ Include at least a partial title so others can refer to the paragraph by title in their comments. Include the genre as well.
~ A maximum of seventy-five words
~ One paragraph only unless your first paragraph is actually only one word or one sentence long
~ Yes, you may enter the first paragraph of more than one work in progress—use separate comment boxes for each.
~ Don’t feel that you must use any of the offered suggestions.
Anyone may comment, critique, and offer suggestions.
~ Keep comments positively constructive.
~ Focus on content and not on obvious typos.
~ If you can’t offer a helpful suggestion, move on to another opening paragraph.
~ This is a time to help writers, not stir up arguments; be mindful of your attitude.
I will participate, of course. But I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to comment on every entry. I hope many of you writers and editors will join us to offer your knowledge and experience.
So that your first paragraphs won’t be hanging out for the whole world to see, the critique article will be accessible by password only. The article is public, just not easily accessible.
Click Critique My First Paragraph and enter password CritiqueThis for access.
You’ll be able to access the article beginning at 4:30 p.m. EDT on the thirteenth. (Remember the time change in Canada and the U.S. this weekend.)
I’ll delete the article and comments at the end of Launch Week.
Click for a full list of Launch Week events, including a chance to win a First-Thirty Edit.
* Comments in this article are eligible for the Prize Pack Giveaway. The single prize winner will be chosen randomly from comments made on eligible Launch Week articles. (#1)