Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Something New! Gimme Your First 25 Words

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:

TITLE
GENRE

25 words

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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.

24 comments:

Amy Jo said...

Oh, fun! I've revised my first 1-2 pages of my manuscript from the last Secret Agent contest, so I guess this is my chance to find out if it's any better (at least as much as you can tell from 25 words). I can't wait to read other submissions!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Sounds like a great idea!

Krista V. (the former Krista G.) said...

Glad I posted something on my blog this morning so I could see this note:)

Feywriter said...

I'm glad I revised my opening recently! My old one was so blah. We'll see how this one goes. Looking forward to reading these snippets.

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Cool! Thanks, Authoress. I didn't have anything else fun planned for this morning.

L.J. Boldyrev said...

Great idea! I've been concerned about my opening for a while. It just doesn't seem catchy enough.
Thanks!

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Boy, my last comment reads like a girl reluctantly accepting a date: "Well, I guess I don't have anything else to do on a Friday night...."

What I meant was: YAY! Something FUN to do! Yippee!

Lia Mack said...

are there similar rules here, as in 'from a completed manuscript only'?

Beth Coulton said...

Do picture books get included this time? :)

Authoress said...

Lia -- It does not have to be a completed manuscript.

Beth -- Since it's only 25 words, I'll say yes, go ahead and submit your PB. (I know they get left out of everything else!)

Authoress said...

Lia -- It does not have to be a completed manuscript.

Beth -- Since it's only 25 words, I'll say yes, go ahead and submit your PB. (I know they get left out of everything else!)

Sharon Mayhew said...

What fun! Thanks in advance...

Kay said...

Thanks for the simple contest. You've got my umpteenth revision. I still have umpteenth times to go.

Luc2 said...

Jay. I can see reactions to my new opening. I'm in.
Have been away for too long. Both from writing, and from your blow.

susiej said...

Yea! I just did my umpteenth first page revision. And like the others, I'd like to see if maybe, I finally got it right. Thanks, Authoress.

Lyla said...

Fun! Twenty-five words is a lot less than I thought it was!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Yay! Good times for all.

Huntress said...

You are great (crazy, insane) for taking these submissions to give us (lunatic) wannabe writers a forum to aid (and abet) our chosen career.

Such courage! Such fortitude! Such masochistic tendencies!

Thank you.
*g*

Jay said...

This is great fun and gave me an excuse to rearrange the opening couple of paragraphs of my WIP to get that all important "hook" in the first 25 words!

Thanks for doing this.

Stella Whiteman said...

Thanks for this contest. Certainly seems like a fun way of sharpening the very beginning. Looking forward to reading all the entries.

Zara Penney said...

Thank you :-)

LisaP said...

Man! That's what I get for going on vacation. : ( Sure hope you'll do another one of these in the near future, Authoress.

Theresa Milstein said...

This is a great idea. I was so busy over the last week that I missed it. Make sure to do it again soon.

J.J. Bennett said...

Sorry. I sent mine today thinking the post was from today. My bad. Good luck to those who entered. :)