I learned pretty early on in my writing life to be careful about posting work online. A lot of venues consider it published, even if you've just posted it for your critique group. So all my work on WDC is only available to members, and as soon as I submit something, I lock it with a passkey. But seeing as the first 5000 words of Assignment 9 have been available on Amazon since I made it through the pitch round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, I see no harm is posting a little of the book here.
So, the interactive part. What I would like to do is write a little today about what I think I've done in the opening chapter of my book. Then, tomorrow, I'll post the opening chapter and you can tell me whether it works the way I think it does. Sound like fun?
So, here goes. What I think.
1. I introduce my main character.
2. I outline the problem my main character has.
3. Another major character is introduced, both to the protagonist and the reader.
4. The chapter finishes with a hook that will hopefully leave readers wanting to read on.
It's a short chapter, but lays the groundwork for what the novel is. Tomorrow I'll post the chapter, and you can let me know if it does what I said it does.
Until then, sayonara.