I did not enter Nathan Bransford's contest for first paragraphs for a variety of reasons. Right at the top were:
1. I'm not fond of contests.
2. My first paragraph isn't ready.
You can read the finalists here. There is much to learn. Now I'm back to revising. Maybe I'll bring a couple versions of my first paragraph to the next critique group.
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