Rachael Harrie is doing an incredible job over at her blog, Rach Writes, where she has launched her third annual Platform Building Campaign. I just joined in the nick of time on August 30, and am so excited by the generous and valuable efforts Rachael is making to help writers who blog connect with each other in genre or other groups. I'm really looking forward to getting to know the other bloggers in my groups (adult fiction, cozy mystery, suspense and thriller, and historical). Since Heather and Karlene and I all write different genres, we cover a lot of Rachael's territory! I'm looking forward to participating in the challenges, too. Unfortunately I'm MIA for the one starting today :-( due to family priorities this week. But I'll be there for the next one. Thank you so much, Rachael. This is fabulous.
Now, on to First Paragraph Critiques:
Here at CSC, we're doing critiques once a month. In August Heather set up a first sentence critique, which concluded August 24 with these critiques. In September, we're focusing on first paragraphs.
What makes an excellent first paragraph? Like a first sentence, it must hook the reader's attention. It must also set the frame of mind for entering the narrative, and pull the reader in to an intriguing set up. We are all so close to our own writing it's hard to be objective, no matter how good we are at offering critiques to others. Getting insightful perspectives from experienced outside readers is invaluable, and that's what we hope to provide you here.
With first sentences, we were able to include three great entries from blog readers who wanted to participate. Given the length of paragraphs vs. sentences, we'll have to limit it to two this month, but everyone who's interested, please leave us a comment that includes:
1) a little about your story (one or two sentences max, and they don't have to be lyrical), and
2) follow that with your first paragraph.
You are welcome to send your entry signed 'anonymous' if you prefer that to attaching your name. (Also, this blog site is copy protected, so no one can right-click and copy and paste your work.)
We'll use Random.org to randomly select two of the entries, and next Monday I'll post them here, and open the comments up for feedback (constructive criticism only, please). The Monday after that I'll post the two paragraphs with feedback from each critique sister.
Come join us, and let's dig in to some good, enjoyable and worthwhile critiques.