Openings, First-Page Critiques

A list of blog posts on The Kill Zone about the opening (first pages) of your novel or short story, followed by First-Page Critiques by TKZers


Dutch Treat: Ten rules of writing, by P.J. Parrish, Sep 03, 2013

Dazzle and dead bodies: What goes into a great opening? By P.J. Parrish, Aug 06, 2013

The First Step Is the Hardest: Writing Chapter 1, by Elaine Viets, Jul 18, 2013

That all important first line, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, Aug 27, 2012

Is "Show, Don't Tell" Overrated? By James Scott Bell, Jul 29, 2012

Limit the Exposition in Your Opening Pages, by James Scott Bell, Apr 22, 2012

Opening Chapters, by Nancy J. Cohen, Feb 01, 2012

What Makes a Novel a Page Turner? By James Scott Bell, Sep 18, 2011

Opening No Nos, by James Scott Bell, Jan 23, 2011

The Great Backstory Debate, by James Scott Bell, Nov 07, 2010

How to Grab Them on Page One, by James Scott Bell, Apr 04, 2010

Garlic Breath, or What Not to Do on Your Opening Page, by James Scott Bell, Mar 28, 2010

First Person Boring, by James Scott Bell, Nov 15, 2009

How to write a thriller: Great beginnings, by Kathryn Lilley, Mar 09, 2009


First-page critiques at TKZ, Apr 25, 2013

We're delighted to announce the launch of first-page critiques as a regular feature here at TKZ! You can send us the first page of your manuscript, and we'll critique it. Here's how it works: Send us the first page (400 words ...

First page critique: The Last Rose of Summer, by P.J. Parrish, Oct 29, 2013

First-Page Critique – The Pink Motorcycle, by Jodie Renner, Oct 24, 2013

First Page Critique – A Game of Days, by Jordan Dane, Oct 17, 2013

First-page critique x 2, by Joe Moore, Oct 16, 2013

First Page Critique - A Rose to Love, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, Oct 14, 2013

First Page Critique: PHV, by Nancy J. Cohen, Oct 09, 2013

First Page Critique: Love Always, Lola, by PJ Parrish, Oct 01, 2013

First Page Critique: A HARD MAN TO KILL, by Joe Hartlaub, Sep 26, 2013

First Page Critique: THE CIRCLE, by Kathryn Lilley, Sep 10, 2013

First Page Critique – Dealbreaker, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, Aug 29, 2013

First Page Critique – The Good Guys, by Jordan Dane, Aug 22, 2013

First Page Critique: AVANTI, by Kathryn Lilley, Aug 01, 2013

First Page Critique – The Scissorgate, by Jordan Dane, Jul 25, 2013

Interface: A Critique of a thriller, by Nancy J. Cohen, Jul 04, 2013

First Page Critique – Bastion: The Last Hope, by Jordan Dane, Jun 27, 2013

First page critique: A BOTHER OF BODIES, by Kathryn Lilley, Jun 05, 2013

First Page Critique - Deliverance, by Jordan Dane, May 30, 2013

First Page Critique: Heart Failure, by James Scott Bell, May 09, 2013

First-page critique: CANNIBAL'S HYMN, by Joe Moore, Jun 13, 2012

First-page critique of ARTIC FIRE, by Joe Moore, May 16, 2012

First Page Critique: OF DREAMS AND STARS, by Joe Hartlaub, May 12, 2012

First Page Critique: END POINT, by John Gilstrap, May 11, 2012

Grounding the Reader - First Page Critique, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, May 07, 2012

The Case of the Thin Man and the Soft Opening, by James Scott Bell, May 06, 2012

First-page critique: Untitled, by Joe Moore, Apr 25, 2012

THE HOLY WILD–A YA First Page Critique, By: Kathleen Pickering, Apr 24, 2012

First Page Critique: DON'T SAY A WORD, by Michelle Gagnon, Apr 19, 2012

First Page Critique: Character in Motion, by James Scott Bell, Jun 08, 2010

Opening with action: Today's critique, by Kathryn Lilley, Apr 19, 2010

The name game, and another first-page critique, by Kathryn Lilley, Apr 06, 2010

Anonymous First Page Critique: Stealing Genius, by Michelle Gagnon, Apr 01, 2010

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