My main computer has crashed and I'll be going insane today, so there won't be the flogging I had hoped to post (all submissions were on that computer). Meanwhile, would you please respond to the poll below? Update: it looks like the hard drive is okay. Am having the computer rebuilt and all may be well by Monday. But I still hope you'll answer the poll below. I'll be running it again.
Here's what's behind the poll--I'm working up a book proposal for a book that would include about 70 "best of" floggings from the last few years. It would include the submission, my response, your votes, and my edits. I would also expand on the coaching side in many instances.
It should offer many insights into the how-to and how-not-to of creating a compelling opening, plus plenty of looks at how editing can improve a narrative.
Please type in an answer to the "how" question in the "other" box, or you can just use the regular Comments. I greatly appreciate your feedback and help with this.
For obvious reasons, I'm also interested in your interest in the proposed book.
You can choose more than one answer in the poll and still add a note in the other box.