How to write great openings

I'm pleased to report that Debz Hobbs-Wyatt selected my entry as the winner in the How to write great openings competition on her blog. Her criteria:
  • Great opening line (interesting from the outset)
  • An immediate question HOOK
  • A sense of place and time
  • A sense of character
  • A sense of urgency
  • Clear CONFLICT
  • Must read on
The entries were limited to 100 words. Mine, which you can read at her website, hit the mark for 7 out of 7 of these factors. With this win, I get a free story critique for the opening of my sci-fi/noir serial, "Just Enough Power" and a copy of Voices of Angels, just released by Bridge House Publishing.


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  1. Congratulations, Tony! Off to read your story, but given your track record, I've no doubt it's well deserved!

  2. Congratulations Tony - throws sparkly glitter everywhere to celebrate ☆:*´¨`*:..:*´¨☆:*´¨`*:..:*´¨☆:*´¨`*:..:*´¨


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