In a workshop of my story recently, my teacher summed up the comments around the table: "Once we got past the first page, it really started taking off. The first page, however, was a little muddled."
This is not new advice. Going back all the way to one of my very first Intro Creative Writing classes that I took in college, I remember my teacher making a hard and fast rule: "In this class, when you're about to submit, cut the first page and then hand it in." (Read more »)