Welcome to my Vlog where I read and hopefully get to discuss the impact of the first 500 words of famous, popular and critically acclaimed works of fiction. I also include fellow indie writers that I have come to enjoy and admire. I ask several questions of readers and fiction authors. And there is the premise that you opened these books with no author or title bias or preconception other than being in the fiction section of the bookstore or library.
Does the beginning of a story have a great impression on you as a reader? Enough to end the relationship or engaging enough to keep reading?
What do you want from a story? Humor and entertainment (contemporary fiction, Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins) , something visceral (like in horror genre novels, Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons) or some general informative works, geographical/historical novels like anything by James Michener or James Clavell… and do you begin to bond with these types of tales in the opening paragraphs.
I begin with the first 500, or so words from The Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Of course I promote my own stories here