Book Done Yet?: First Sentence Submission

My mentor for my MFA, Lee K. Abbott, was a terrific teacher. Half of what I babble about in here, Lee taught me. Sittin’ and thinkin’? That’s pure Lee. And now as I’m ripping apart the beginning of Nita again, I’m thinking of something else he used to torture us with: The One Sentence Submission.

“Suppose,” he’d say, “that you could only send the first sentence of your story to an editor. And if he or she liked it, then you could send the second sentence . . .” Continue reading