My good friend Ben Peake is re-doing the intro to his novel. Its a great book with a really interesting milieu. I’ve had the pleasure of reading it and giving feedback on drafts, rewrites etc. Ben is his biggest critic and he has some very good points on his latest blog post that will serve us all a reminder of what makes a good opening.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. –Jackie Collins
As those snooping on me on Twitter may have twigged, I’ve started on my second draft. (Slow as it is progressing)
A problem has presented itself at…
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