First Chapter Friday #12 (March 2017)

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? After a year of analysing first chapters and finding the same strengths and weaknesses over and over, I’ve decided to bring #FirstChapterFriday to an end. I’ve learnt a lot myself about the importance of first chapters; about the differences between a chapter that keeps readers reading, and one that turns them … Read more

#firstchapterfriday February

First Chapter Friday #11 (February 2017)

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? Good Morning, Midnight, Lily Brooks-Dalton The good I liked the concept. The bad Everything else. Apart from odd transitions in places, the writing was fine. But almost the entire chapter consisted of info dumping about the character and what the setting looked like. I know his entire life, and that’s the last … Read more

#FirstChapterFriday November 2016

First Chapter Friday #8 (November 2016)

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? You might notice that the format of this month’s #FirstChapterFriday is slightly different to normal. Who doesn’t like change every now and then? Biblical, Christopher Galt In the last eight months of doing #FirstChapterFriday, I’ve found that it’s easier to be unimpressed by a first chapter than it is to be … Read more

#FirstChapterFriday July

First Chapter Friday #4 (July 2016)

Every Friday I read the first chapter of a novel I haven’t read before and discuss its strengths, weaknesses and overall rating as a first chapter on Instagram using the tag #FirstChapterFriday (click here for the archive). Another month has flown by, which means I’ve read another lot of first chapters for #FirstChapterFriday. What did I find out this month? Red … Read more

Storytelling lessons from Six of Crows

2 Storytelling Lessons from SIX OF CROWS

I read the first chapter of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo for #FirstChapterFriday and enjoyed it so much that I decided to read the rest of the book. I loved it and, as I can never turn off my editor brain, I pulled out two great storytelling lessons this book has to teach writers. 1. Don’t … Read more

#FirstChapterFriday May

First Chapter Friday #2 (May 2016)

Every Friday, I read the first chapter of a novel I haven’t read before and discuss its strengths, weaknesses and overall rating as a first chapter on Instagram using the tag #FirstChapterFriday. But since not everyone’s on Instagram, here are May’s reads: The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty Engaging First Sentence? No. I understand what it’s supposed to mean, … Read more

Storytelling lessons from The Sin Eater's Daughter

4 Storytelling Lessons from THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER

After reading the first chapter of the Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury for #FirstChapterFriday, I decided to finish the book. The first chapter started out great, but I noted that the second half of it took a bad turn and hoped that the story would right itself in the following chapters. It didn’t. Here are … Read more

#FirstChapterFriday April

First Chapter Friday #1 (April 2016)

Ever since my post What Makes a Good First Chapter?, in which I compared the first chapter of five different novels, I’ve paid a lot more attention to first chapters. Every Friday I read the first chapter of a book I’ve never read before (thankfully, I never run out of those) and post about it on … Read more