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Digging through the text files in my ideas folder, I noticed that every once in awhile I'll get a sentence or paragraph that could be the start of a new story. Sometimes it's just something that kind of develops in my head for a bit, or maybe it's just the result of a quick writing session that never leads anywhere.
I assume I'm not alone in having these. Besides, since the opening paragraph is usually the first "No thanks" point in a story sale, we all could probably use some practice and critique.
For critiques, approach this like an editor/publisher/agent reading queries with no context. Does this opening paragraph work for you, and if not, why?
Something to get us started:
Some snowy days are beautiful and serene, the snow like a blanket covering a slumbering world. This snowy day was gray and hostile; the snow hid patches of ice and a fierce wind sliced through the young man's long coat. This world wasn't sleeping. This world was dead.