I read something on an agent’s blog about how at some convention they did a workshop where they read page 119 of a bunch of novels, and tried to decide if the novel might be good based on page 119.
Why page 119? No idea.
Out of curiosity, I of course flipped to page 119 of my novel to see if it would seem “good” if this was all you got.
Unfortunately it kind of makes it seem like a straight romance novel, even though it’s not. Heh. Here’s my Page 119:
“You know what, I never understood why people say roses smell ‘sweet.’ They kind of stink if you ask me. I prefer honeysuckle or gardenias.”
I almost spilled the drink I was pouring when she said that. I steadied my hands and tried like hell not to conjure up the scent of gardenias in my mind.
“So, tell me about him,” she needled me as I brought the beverages into the living room and set them on coasters on the table.
“The flower’s not from a guy,” I said. “I bought it from a gas station.”
“Gas stations sell roses?”
“Yeah, haven’t you ever seen those little cups of roses sometimes, by the cash registers? The one across from the McDonald’s has them.”
“Why’d you buy a rose?”
“I wanted it.”
“But there is a guy, right?”
My cheeks got hot as I tried to cover it by sipping my drink. I glanced at her and saw that familiar mischievous expression. She wasn’t going to let me go. I was going to have to give her some semblance of an answer.
“Actually, I’ve met a couple of guys.”
“Oh, jeez, really?”
“Yes, I’m into two different guys at once. And they’re friends, and I don’t know which one to chase, ’cause they are both sweet guys and they’re talented and hot as hell, and probably not interested in me at all because I’m a boring, stupid freshman.” Okay, that had been more than I had been planning to say.
And that’s that. Amusing exercise!