Where do you begin a story? What phrase, word, sentence, or dirty limerick will catch the erstwhile book-glancer and make him keep going?
Did I do it right?
I am certain there is a perfect formula. My English professor said so, when we spent time going over this best-selling author or that brilliant philosopher.
Will you stay: a paragraph, a page, a chapter, till the end?
I followed The Formula. I avoided cliché and outright plagiarism. I followed the advice of experts, books, neighbors, and my mother.
Did you love my story?
My mother said she liked it. Or, she said, “I’m proud of you, dear.” I’m sure that means the writing was good as well.
Was it enough to share it with others? Read again? Become a bestseller?
I’m going to be famous.