Curiosity. That’s what keeps readers turning the pages. To that end I waste no time and get right down to the business of filling their heads with questions. Here is my story opening:
If only I could learn to say no, I wouldn’t be perched on a barstool in a redneck bar, breathing secondhand smoke and pretending to flirt with men sporting baseball caps and Confederate bandanas, their eyes riveted on my Victoria’s Secret-enhanced cleavage. I wouldn’t be tricked out in a bizarre hairstyle, frosted blue eye shadow, painted-on jeans with strategically placed slashes, and a two-sizes-too-small Harley Davidson tank top.
Thanks for contributing this post, Maggie! I love the mixture of suspense and humor in your opening paragraphs.
Thanks for hosting me today. I enjoyed writing this post.
Very well done, Maggie. Your post was shorter than some others, but you sure zoomed in on some big “hook” stuff. It worked for me.
Linda, thanks for commenting. These first two paragraphs were a prologue of sorts. I detest long prologues (in fact I often skip them).