As the title suggests, the objective of The First 250 Project is to critique and break down the first 250 words of wildly successful and bestselling novels in the industry.
The purpose of this project is to help writers with their own first 250 by deconstructing the first 250 words of bestsellers in order to figure out what works, what doesn’t, where to insert voice, where to world-build, where to add tension, where to add the stakes, etc.
As we all know, the first 250 are crucial. They’re part of that first hook that will keep both agents and our audience reading past the first page of our books. It’s my hope for this Project that there will be an open discussion as I critique these novels and that as a community we can collaborate on what we think works in order to help each other reach our dreams of publication.
Every Friday I’ll be posting a new analysis. Here are some of the titles to look forward to in the coming weeks:
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I’ll see you back here next Friday as we jump into our first title!
Keep Reading and Keep Writing,