I’ve read all the comments my loyal blog readers have posted today and there were some good ideas there. Here is what I’m going to do:
1) I am closing the topic of one-sentence summaries. We’ve had a good run on this subject, and we’ve all learned a lot. (I’ve learned a lot just by being forced to think analytically about what I already knew intuitively.) However, it’s really time to move on.
2) Iain has created a forum dedicated to the Snowflake method, with two main topics, Step 1 (the one-sentence summary) and Step 2 (the one-paragraph summary). Thanks, Iain! I’ll add that to my blogroll also under the heading “Forums”.
3) As of now, we’ll be switching to critiquing your first paragraphs. Go ahead and post your first paragraph here as a comment. I will critique them in the order they are posted, until we run out of steam on those. I expect we’ll be doing them for at least a week or two.
4) I will think hard about starting a critique service in which I critique a one-sentence summary and first paragraph for about an hour’s pay. Be aware that my hourly rate is outrageously high. The reason, of course, is that I am Xtremely productive and can get a lot done in an hour. I haven’t decided for sure yet about whether I will do this, because my life is exceptionally busy right now, but if I decide to do it, my loyal blog readers will get preferential treatment.
So start your engines, folks! Post the first paragraph of your novel here as a comment. (If your first paragraph is very short, then post the first couple of paragraphs. Shoot for about 50 words.) I’ll start critiquing them tomorrow.