When I walk into a bookstore and find novel or anthology that catches my attention, I first read the story’s synopsis on the outside of the back cover. If that sounds good, I proceed to read the opening paragraph. If that opening scene hooks me, I’ll buy the book.
Some of the best opening scenes in books I’ve read include those in “Prisoner of the Horned Helmet” by James Silke, “Soul Hunter” by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and of course “Beyond the Black River” by Robert E. Howard. Those first paragraphs reached out and grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. Thus, I am attempting to do that with my current offering-in-the-works.
I’ve written and rewritten the opening scene to Chapter One of Hell’s Half-Dozen at least five times. Those that know me are well aware of the fact that I am never satisfied with my own writing. I always feel it could be just a little bit better. So it goes with this project. I guess I’m just going to have to decide on something and call it good.