The worst ways to begin your novel


The write life offers feedback from literary agents on what they don’t like to see in the opening of a novel.

The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents


I despise you…

I’d rather you didn’t speak to me. I’m sick of listening to your bullshit. You’re no better than me, but then again, you think you’re better than most. You’re a pretentious, glory hunter.

Your stories are boring and clearly fabricated- no, don’t take out your phone and show me photos of your weekend. I’m really not interested, in fact, I don’t care.

While we’re at it, I hate those shoes & what kind of stupid, rusting car is that anyway?