First Page Friday


The first page of a story has a hard job to do. It must snag the reader and lead them into another place, another time, silencing all the distractions of the world. It must invite, beguile, intrigue. All in the space of two hundred and fifty words.

First Page Friday is a monthly feature that examines the first page of a work in progress. If you have a first page that you’d like help with, send it in along with any questions you have and I’ll do a critique. I’ll highlight what’s working, what needs attention and provide suggestions for improvement. The marked up page will be posted on the first Friday of the month as a teaching tool for readers who may be wrestling with the same issues.

Guidelines for submission:

1)      Submit up to 250 words of the first page of your work in progress.

2)      Please include a few lines describing the themes covered in your story and your market or genre. If you have any questions, please include these too.

3)      Be willing to have your work and my suggestions posted publicly on this site.

4)      Email to by the last Friday of every month with ‘First Page Friday’ as the subject line.

If you’d like some inspiration for a killer opening line, check out my post here. I look forward to reading your work!