In this episode, Leslie and Clark critique the opening pages of Sarah Brett's Bloodbound, an as yet unpublished paranormal fantasy/horror novel. They discuss active opening scenes, scenes and sequels, character motivation, and literal and metaphoric elements.
Editorial Mission: Strong Verbs
Your opening is a scene and should contain the basic elements: a character with a goal, someone or something standing in the way of the goal, and success or failure in achieving the goal. Assess your opening to make sure you have these necessary components.
Other items and resources
Clark mentioned The Emotion Thesaurus, a great resource to help you show rather than tell about emotions.
You can find Clark’s latest book, Hank Hudson and the Anubis, here.