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)
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
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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