You Had Me at Hello — or How to Start Your Story

A story only has so much time to make a great first impression: the first line, the blurb or maybe just the cover. When a reader picks up your story, what’s going to keep them reading? What makes a great beginning? 

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Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice is spending a rather boring afternoon with her older sister on a riverbank when she notices something curious: a white rabbit with a waistcoat and a pocket watch. She follows it into a rabbit hole but instead of finding the animal, she falls a long way into a strange hallway. Without a way back up, her only lead is the bottle labelled “drink me” — and drinking it is just the beginning of her adventure.

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Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Dorothy, a young girl, lives a quiet life in Kansas with her uncle, aunt and dog Toto. One day a terrible cyclone grabs hold of the house and whisks it far away into the Land of Oz, where magic is real. All Dorothy wants is to return home safely but the only person who could help her is the Wizard of Oz. It’s a long way to him but without another choice Dorothy sets off along the yellow brick road, unaware of the perils and joys of the journey ahead.

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