Saturday, August 15, 2015

Revising A Boring Opening at Fiction University

    Fiction University - a blog by Janice Hardy - is one of my favorite stops on my weekly reading agenda.  It's jam packed with writing tips, guest posts, and prompts as well as articles covering everything from initial planning of a novel to publishing and marketing your work.
    I recently took a stab at one of her prompts;  "revise this boring opening page".  (Janice purposely created the opening, BTW, so it wasn't as though she was inviting us to rip apart some poor aspiring writer's infant novel.)
    The contest is closed but if you'd like to see what we did with that opening - or would like to privately have a go at it for practice - you can check it out HERE. The winner was Laura Rueckert (congrats!) but I'm pleased me to say that I at least made the cut to the final three.
     Fiction University is a tremendous resource for writers, so I urge you to check it out and browse through the archives.
   
     Also, if you're looking for a prompt this week, Write, Edit, Publish has a blog hop kicking off this week with the theme "Spectacular Settings". 
     Choose a setting which has inspired you/taken your breath away.  It can be a photo, artwork, poem, or bit of prose.  Then you may share something inspired by that work, write something that incorporates it, post a bit of a WIP...rules are fairly flexible. 
 
     That's it for now.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

11 comments:

  1. He site is great. We have it listed at the IWSG and I even did a guest post there in April.
    Congratulations on making it to the final cut!

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  2. Thanks for introducing me to this site Lisa, I have booked marked it.

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  3. You're right, Li, Janice Hardy rocks! So much to teach us! I have her on my blogroll. A great exercise and congrats on being in the top three! Awesome! Who wants a boring opening?

    Thanks for the shout out for WEP. Not long now. My fingers are itching to hit Publish. I've had a hard time choosing a story, but think I'll stay with my choices now. Setting is so my thing.

    Can't wait to see what you post. I have so much respect for your writing!

    Denise :-)

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    1. Thank you, Denise. I've already had two ideas and scrapped both of them. :( I don't know why I'm having such difficulty - too many choices, perhaps. Oh well, i still have 2 days.

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  4. It's inspiring to read other people's take on revision. Just goes to show you don't have to settle for meh.

    Well done.

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    1. I agree. It was fun seeing the different directions that people chose!

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  7. Looks like a great resource for writers. Thanks for sharing!

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