Aug 8, 2009 by

Round 1: Write the opening sentence of your novella

It was in the year of the monkey, a mordant omen for the impending eve of human life, when the mass failing of the human spirit, first known as World War III, and then simply as The Cataclysm, began.

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  1. noTxt

    word. Keep up the good work.

  2. This is leading up to something great, I can just tell. Great work!

    That kind of tone can be hard to keep up, so I’m looking forward to what you’ll do in the rounds to follow.

  3. Thank you, noTxt and Kuyerjudd.

    Dan Powell, I just read your criticism: http://is.gd/2bway
    As I’m restricted to responding on my posts, I just wanted to say that you made some fine points, although I don’t see why you place so much stock in introducing a character in the opening sentence. As far as what agents and editors say, one need only browse through the latest titles in a bookstore to see that, while their advice may lead to publication, it won’t necessarily lead to anything worth reading.

  4. craig

    more fire

  5. Hassan

    mmmmmmm….. cataclysm….

  6. I’m with you Rhae on Dan’s crit of your opening sentence. Spec fic is a hard genre to work in and you’ve done a brilliant job in creating the scene and the tension for the piece in ONE sentence. And now it’s time to insert said humans into this world.

    Keep up the awesome writing.

  7. Thanks, Jodi. Said humans will come. And when they do, let’s hope they’ll stay.

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