If you went ahead and started reading this anyway in spite of the title- first of all, good for you!! Second- the flower has nothing to do with anything. It’s orange, and orange grabs attention. Third- here is your assignment:

Write five “first sentences” for a new novel. It doesn’t matter what it is about. the idea is to see if you are learning or have learned how to hook a reader from the beginning. Try to make it unique or even a little off kilter. Disturbing is always good, but not too disturbing unless you are targeting a small audience of sociopaths…which…don’t.

Let it involve something that will tie into your story later as an integral part, or something a reader won’t expect to see in line one. This is a good exercise, and who knows…it may very well spark a novel!


About Katie Thayne, Author

Katie Thayne (that's me, kind of, seeing as how Katie Thayne is a pen name) is an up and coming author (or so I'd like to think). I have just released my first book, Ms. Impractical Pants, and am currently working on its sequel. I don't have a name for that one yet, so let's just call it Sequel for now. If I'm not working on Sequel, I'm scratching down ideas for the other half dozen or so book ideas swirling around in my brain. Okay, that's a lie, I don't write them down as much as I should, but I still think them, so that should count for something, right? I live in beautiful Moab, Utah and when I'm not writing- on second thought, I won't go there. Let's pretend I sit in a quite office hunched over a keyboard and do nothing but write. The most important thing to know about me, is just because I write doesn't mean I can punctuate. That's why I have an editor- but not for this blogging stuff. Editors ain't cheap and I'm not J.K. Rowling...yet. But I hope that won't keep you from reading my blog.

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