Writing is hard. Stringing letters together to make words? Hard. Grouping those into meaningful sentences? Harder. But the hardest part? Ask any successful novelist: the hardest part is writing the opening paragraph. And the first paragraph is crucial: without it, by definition there can be no second paragraph. Without a second, there can be no third. Without a third, there can be no fourth. (And so on.) Consider how many paragraphs the average novel has (some of the long ones have thousands), and perhaps you'll understand why the lack of a first paragraph is a very serious lack indeed.
Now, if you're a first-time novelist, you may think that the way around this issue is simply to skip the first (and most difficult to write) paragraph and just write your novel, and then, at the end, make the second paragraph the first; the third the second; the fourth, the third; and so on, up to as many paragraphs as your novel has.
Well, no: it doesn't work that way. Why? Because it doesn't. No, there is no way around kicking off your novel off with a strong, gripping, mood-setting first paragraph. The good news, though? The good news is that you don't have to be the one to write that first paragraph, because professionally crafted, ready-made ones are for sale by The Avocado Papers right here on this page, at the very reasonable rate of $1.75 per word. You will not find a better deal anywhere on the internet. Not so sure? Go ahead: find a better deal.
See? You didn't find a better deal, did you. Okay. Non-exclusive world rights to publish and distribute the following paragraphs in any medium are for sale. The Avocado Papers recommends that they be used as opening paragraphs of novels or short stories, but you are welcome to use one or more of them anywhere in your work. When you find one that meets your needs, click the appropriate "add to cart" button.
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