It was interesting to have my novel in mind when I read through this blog. It’s great advice to focus on when editing that all important first chapter.
1. Start the story as late as possible
2. Have a grabber opening
3. Make the reader care, usually via the MC
4. What are the stakes? What can be gained or lost?
5. End with a cliffhanger so we go to chapter 2
Need more info? Let’s read on then, shall we?
(Learn more about writing better stories HERE)
I’m already 45 minutes overdue!
Start the story as late as possible
Most authors bury the really interesting stuff a few paragraphs in, or worse, in chapter two or three. What’s the first interesting thing that happens in your story? Start there.
(Learn about tightening your story HERE)
Have a grabber opening
Holy cow, am I intrigued by this prose!
I like a “grabber” opening to a story and especially the opening chapter. Stories that hook a reader right away and keep…
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Thanks, Suzanne! Glad you found some of my suggestions useful.