Guest Blogger Michael Platania on The Power of Deadlines: Part II
Part II: The Book Unfinished
The perfect opening line kept me from completing my first book, Pleasant Plains. After hundreds of attempts, I always returned to:
A quick glance to the right was all it took for Thom to discover Buddy was no longer asleep.
My goal was to introduce the main character, Thom, while simultaneously establishing his relationship with Buddy. I wanted to intrigue the reader, and have her wondering “Who is Buddy?” and “Why is he no longer asleep?” Within the next few sentences we learn Buddy is a dog, traveling with Thom on a cross country journey.
The phrase no longer asleep never felt right, yet I could not find a more satisfying opening line. Each time I worked on the book, I went back to the beginning, tweaking, editing, writing and re-writing, looking for the elusive perfect first sentence. I never found it, and today, seven years later, the book sits on my laptop, still incomplete.
Michael Platania, the Social Media Story Teller, tells stories that are fun, sexy, and engaging, whether writing a blog entry, a Facebook update, or a Twitter post. He used the power of deadlines to complete this three-part series.
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