Nervous about reading your work to a group? Find yourself stuttering before you start?
You are not alone. These snappy introductions were made by otherwise confident, competent, individuals."
- "This is the beginning of something longer."
- "This is a possible first draft."
- "This is a little experiment. It's like an idea, okay?"
- "I was so sure no one would be here."
- "Let's just get this over with."
- "My thing is really stupid."
- "This is too long."
- "I didn't write for crap this week."
- "This is the start of something."
- "I hope this measures up to my usual standard of mediocrity."
- "This is something I wrote so I might as well read it."
- "This is just a continuation of something I started."
- "I can't seem to write, so this is just something."
- "I had to bring something 'cuz I wanted to come."
- "A word of caution about this . . ."
- "I'm going to read this anyway, because I wrote it."
- "This is half of a short story I just started writing,"
- "This is the first draft of the possible start, or it could appear in the middle..."
Handy Lists and Crib Sheets
- On Craft: Beginners
- On Craft: Writing Scenes
- Participating in Critique Sessions
- Snappy Introductions
- Critique List
- 101 Ways You Can Use Your Writing Talent
- 30 Things to Write in Thirty Minutes
- Manuscript Lengths
- Sample Format for Query or Cover Letter
- Sample Manuscript Format
- Tips for Public Readings
- Writers' Affirmations