Win a copy of my creative writing guide in time for Christmas
Hurray! I’ve made it past the 200 ‘likes’ milestone on my creative writing facebook page. As promised I’m going to give away a paperback copy of BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment HERE but as this is a creative writing guide and it’s Christmas I thought we should have some fun with it.
I want you to write the first sentence of a novel that has never been written. The opening of a novel is supposed to intrigue the reader, encourage them to read on. It’s hard to write and takes a lot of time to get it right (which is why authors often revise it so often it is actually the last thing written).
Now I don’t expect anyone to dash off a brilliant first sentence – you’re busy, you have presents to buy and wrap, you have meals to plan and journeys to map out, reindeer to feed, all sorts of stuff. But you can dash off a rotten opening sentence to a novel that will never be written. Dull, turgid, boring. A sentence that guarantees a casual reader would put the book straight back on the library or shop shelf…
It’s still going to be a lucky dip, so no one is going to judge what you write but it will be fun to read everyone’s contribution. And it’s open to everyone anywhere. So, spread the word and have a go. Closing date next Thursday December 11th – I’ll send the book out next Friday so you should have it in time for Christmas (might make an extra present under the tree…)
And if you want to see what you might be getting, the first exercise in the book is at the bottom of the column on the left hand side. If you don’t like that, there’s probably no point bothering to have a go at the giveaway…
And remember I want a bad opening sentence
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