1. Make a list of all the things you want to change in your first five pages.
Once you have made this list, organize it from biggest change, to smallest change.
2. Edit your opening pages for the next 30 minutes. Start with the biggest item on your list.
Overall, your opening should do all of the following:
- Introduce your main character.
- Make readers care about your story.
- Set the tone.
- Introduce the setting.
- Introduce the conflict.
- Show what genre this is.
- Show what your protagonist wants.
- Start with action.
- Start with the inciting incident that gets your story going.
- Make your reader ask questions, but don’t confuse them.
3. Before we go into critiquing each other's opening pages, let's establish some rules for critiquing. Use this Padlet to share your top three rules for giving and getting critique on your work.
4. Critique the first five pages of at least two others. Consider the following questions in your critique:
- What do you like?
- What is confusing?
- What do you want to see more of?
5. Edit and revise your pages based on your peer feedback.
- Lists of Big Picture Edits
- Feedback comments
- Edits/Revisions on opening pages