From my ‘author’ blog.
Here follows the opening paragraph of a novel:
The day was hot. An August sun, with the sky to itself and its zenith passed, loitered lazily along its timeless tract towards the towering contours of the Cromdale Hills, already purple with heather, their feet in the hurrying waters of the River Carglas, new-born in the shrinking snows of Ben Macdhui.
From that sample, what genre would you say it belongs to? What is the target audience? Would it stand any chance of success with a publisher? Would you class that ‘The day was hot’ with the famous Snoopy ‘It was a dark and stormy night’?
In these times one is constantly told that the opening paragraph of a story is vital in grabbing the attention of the reader. One is urged to produce something like:
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