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Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:37 pm
Justagirl says...

Um.. I guess I'll rate the first sentence first then them together XD
1. It was great :d kinda catchy... I wanna read the rest
2. Now I wanna read the rest even more :D

Ok, here's my first sentence (I haven't even finished the 1st draft so, that's why it's not better....):

I shoved my hands against the door, watching the long nails scratch my wrist, leaving thin lines of blood.
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Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:57 pm
ViVA says...

It's definitely attention-grabbing, but I had to read it a few times to understand what's going on. Their hands are against the door- wait, they're being scratched? Did someone's fingernails scratch them or are nails sticking out of the door? I think the line would benefit from being split into two sentences, in my opinion. Although I love the description of the nail scratches (whether they're iron nails or fingernails). It made me cringe!

Lisa smiled, though she didn't want to.

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Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:15 pm
MisunderstoodDreamer says...


It's short, but I know not all sentences are really long. It doesn't give a good idea of what's going on, but you know it's something Lisa isn't happy about. It does give you an idea about Lisa, though. It makes me wish I knew the whole situation!

When I closed my eyes, the audience disappeared, and it was just me playing my piano.
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Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:39 pm
Rosendorn says...

6/10. I think it would make a good line on the first page, but it needs a touch more context to really shine.

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Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:37 am
Sins says...

*Breathes life to thread*

9/10. Very intriguing. This line gives you a sense of what kind of story could be lying ahead and it makes you curious about what's actually happening to the narrator. To get that 10... I'm not sure. I sort of got the tiniest feeling I'd heard it before. Although the line is original, I suppose it could be tweaked to sound that bit more original.

Err, I have to give a line now, right? I'll just pick the first document I find. Might as well.

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Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:24 am
Demeter says...

I love this. That one little sentence already has the quirky feeling that I love in a story (I like to call that Roald Dahlian xD) and it would definitely make me want to read more.

I didn't want to give it a 10/10 because I don't really like doing that, but I can't figure out what the sentence could possibly miss, so here you go, Skins. 10/10.

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Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:03 pm
Lavvie says...

8/10 - wondering how this lake is important within the story and what makes it being calm any more different. I like it!

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Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:20 am
Paracosm says...

8/10! Definitely a good first line. It makes me wish there was more!

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Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:34 am
EnchantedPanda says...

9/10 - That's actually really good! I enjoyed the concept and it was well sequenced, descriptive and it introduced the topic well.

The wind blew into the dimly lit inn and rustled crumbs from a dirty plate.

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Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:36 pm
tgirly says...

8/10. Slightly cliche.

I remember when I thought it was just a story.
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NicholasStone says...

It really makes you think of like a fantasy story or mythology, when you read it carefully.

He dared a glance backwards, looked at the burning place he had used to call home, and took his final steps towards freedom.
He stumbled slightly, the limp in his leg still there. He dared not to look at the place he used to call home. He could feel the heat from the fire, the fire that he himself had ignited. He blinked back tears, as he limped away.

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Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:37 pm
Sins says...


I love the drama of it. It gets me wondering about the character being spoken of. Did he burn the place he called home? Is he escaping from it? Is he good? Bad? Basically, it gets me asking loads of questions, which is exactly what you need with an opening sentence.

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Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:06 pm
IcyFlame says...


I happen to know a little more about this than just the first sentence but I think it works really well! I still wonder how you're going to carry it on, but that's another matter. It reminds me a lot of a younger version of you; it certainly reflects the way you think. Good luck with it!

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Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:44 am
tgirly says...

8/10; very intriguing, but I'm not sure if it makes complete grammatical sense.

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Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:33 pm
MoonlightMayhem says...


It's interesting, and obviously, gets you wondering about the character's situation. Good job. Also emotional, and makes the reader curious about the main character's feelings.


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