Untouched word count @ 45,500.
When I opened my WIP today I paused on the first page, and I paused for too long. See, I told myself that I wouldn't bother with editing until I was done, because I wanted to finish a first draft before starting the meticulous process of nitpicking sentences. But I stared at that first page for a moment too long, and I found myself scratching the opening paragraph and writing a new one.
This is the original:
I stopped fearing death a long time ago. Once I accepted that death would claim me before I was ready, there was nothing left to be afraid of. Or rather, there was everything left to be afraid of, there was just nothing I could do about it. All I could do was wait.
And this is the new one:
As I lay on my death bed I was sure of only two things. First, that at the young age of eighteen, death was claiming me long before I would ever be ready. And second, that there was absolutely nothing I could do about it. Little did I know, I was only half right.
I'm not sure which one is more 'hookable'. Which paragraph draws you in more? There is a fair chance that severe lack of sleep has left me slightly deluded-- I'm so close to the writing I can't even see it anymore so it's hard to tell.
Time to get some sleep!