I'm going to add a weekly post to my agenda here on Faith, Hope, and Suspense. On Let's Share, I'm either going to post a question for you all to answer--sometimes it may be writing related, sometimes faith related, and sometimes just having to do with life. Sound like fun?
This week, since I'm trying to get back into the spirit of writing, despite all the issues I've had the last several months, I thought I would make it a writing question.
March 15th is the American Christian Fiction Writers annual Genesis contest deadline, and it is my goal to enter this year. I'm debating on entering both The Impossible Choice and Dividing Spirits, or just Dividing Spirits. Hmmm...contemplation. Anyway, in preparation for the deadline, I've been reading over the first fifteen pages of Dividing Spirits, trying to make sure it is absoultely perfect. Perfection is an intimidating prospect...and a great subject for another day. :)
Over the last couple of years, I've read a lot about grabbing the reader in the first paragraph, and about great first lines. Many agents, editors, and professional writers emphasize how readers will often glance at the first couple of paragraphs and determine whether or not they want to purchase a book.
Here is the first paragraph of Dividing Spirits:
Axriel’s shadowed form slithered from the liquid fire. Traveling between rugged stone, he pushed forward until the vast sky opened above. Freedom. He hovered over the sacred mountaintop for the first time in ten years. The resounding calm of the night surrounded him, beckoning him from the caves of hell.
What do you think makes a great first paragraph?
If you're a writer, I'd love for you to share your first paragraph. If you're a reader, do you have any favorites that you've read recently?