The Official Writing Challenge
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How can I get you to read this?
The very title sparks interest, and I agree about newspapers and stories being two totally different games.
Very good way to describe the way you have to write to get interest.
Your title pulled me in. You are so correct esp. with fiction I need to be caught in the first few pages. It's not always easy to do and can certainly be a challenge.
very well written and good encouragement for fiction writers. (I am hoping that I measured up to your advice in the first few lines of a fantasy novel I'm currently working on, as well as successfully interweaving Christian parallels.) Great article.
06/20/10
I like how you used the typical advertising gimmick as an illustration. This flowed well, included a topic sentence at the beginning of each paragraph (demonstrating your ability to introduce and organize your main ideas nicely!), and concluded satisfactorily in your final paragraph. Saying all that, however, I must say that your seventh paragraph was my absolute favorite - what a terrific spot on description of fiction at its best!