She wrote a whole post about it HERE!
In a nutshell, she studied the first two paragraphs of 38 YA contemporary novels, 15 YA paranormal novels, and 16 winning YA entries from past MSFV Secret agent contests (did I mention she loves research?).
Based on the results, she came to this conclusion:
The first two paragraphs that made her want to read more involved a combination of introspection and action.
She added," When I say action, I’m talking maybe a sentence or two just to break up the introspection, and it wasn’t big action. And, of course, the introspection wasn’t rambling or long. It got to the point within the first paragraph and was loaded with voice."
Whoa. Hold the phone.
So I looked at all of my opening paragraphs and lo and behold: I had some INTROSPECTION. Which is not surprising--I am a little heavy on it sometimes.
SO it got me thinking.
(yes, really, RPatz) :D
Why don't we analyze openings here, on this blog? Say, the first 50-75 words of manuscripts. If you want yours analyzed (anonymously), send it to me! I know Stina will pipe in too. Did I tell you how hard she rocks?
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