Part of what I share is the evolution of the first line of the novel. Here it is:
From the story written at age 15:
Christy Thomas worked at Robert Kuller Real Estate in Billings, Montana.
Um, can we say boring?
1st draft at age 19:
Christy Thomas didn’t see the red lights until they were directly behind her, flashing madly.
I think the lights were rabid.
She pulled off the highway, her arms and fingers tense with fear.
This was my melodramatic phase.
Christy didn’t see the cop until he was tailing her.
I was on the right track with this one, I think.
Manuscript submitted to Operation First Novel contest in 2004:
Christy wished the cop would just shoot her.
Apparently I took too seriously the advice to begin with a bang.
Manuscript submitted to Operation First Novel contest in 2008:
Christy didn’t see the cop until his red lights spun in her rearview mirror.
Eventually I saw the error of my ways and went back to this.
Christy Williams didn’t see the cop until his red lights flashed in her rearview mirror.
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