My friend Andrew Hiller made this observation recently: “My favorite Bradbury tip is actually… in your opening ‘graph activate at least 3 of your readers’ five senses. It’s a rule of thumb I try to stick to. I want my reader to see, hear, smell, touch, or feel something right from the get go.”
What cool idea!
Why didn’t I think of that?
That would make a great
Flash Fiction Challenge.
So here it is.
Write a opening paragraph to a story or book and incorporate activate at least THREE of your readers’ five senses.
I haven’t even tried yet. So go for it. But the para still has to have a grabber opening, hook the reader, etc. That’s a tall order!
Let’s see what ya got! Put your opening paragraph in the comments below or link to it on your blog and post the link here.