We've done "First Sentence" once or twice, and the rest is mostly the first 250 words. Today, let's chop off a zero and look at the first TWENTY-FIVE.
Starting now, send the following to me at facelesswords(at)gmail.com:
That's it! Please don't go over 25. Stop before you get to 25 in order to finish a sentence.
The focus? Here it is: As readers, we're thumbing through a shelf of tasty morsels, deciding what to read. We're short on time, and we want to read something that grabs us in the first twenty-five words. So, in your comments, simply let us know if the 25 words grabbed you or not. NO HEFTY CRITIQUE NECESSARY--I mean, how much critiquing can you do of 25 words? Just let us know if you were hooked, and why.
Even more fun: I'm going to put the genre in each subject line. So you can "open" the books in which you're interested!
I'll keep submissions open for the rest of the day (because, yanno, I'm a glutton for things-that-end-up-bleeding-all-over-my-day).
Questions, below please! And let the 25-word storm begin.