First Chapter Friday #5 (August 2016)

#FirstChapterFriday August 2016 | Every Friday, I read the first chapter of a book I’ve never read before to learn how to write a first chapter that will make readers want to read chapter two. These are the lessons I learned in August 2016.

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas Engaging first sentence? No, not particularly. I’m finding a lot of books that use the first line to describe setting. While I appreciate being thrown into […]

First Chapter Friday #4 (July 2016)

#FirstChapterFriday July 2016 | Every Friday, I read the first chapter of a book I’ve never read before to learn how to write a first chapter that will make readers want to read chapter two. These are the lessons I learned in July 2016.

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? 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 Queen, Victoria Aveyard Engaging First Sentence? I hate First Friday. It made me […]

First Chapter Friday #3 (June 2016)

#FirstChapterFriday June 2016 | Every Friday, I read the first chapter of a book I’ve never read before to learn how to write a first chapter that will make readers want to read chapter two. These are the lessons I learned in June 2016.

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo Engaging first sentence? Yes. I adored it! Joost had two problems: the moon and his moustache. I like it because I found the moustache part amusing and unusual, and it […]

First Chapter Friday #2 (May 2016)

#FirstChapterFriday May 2016 | Every Friday, I read the first chapter of a book I’ve never read before to learn how to write a first chapter that will make readers want to read chapter two. These are the lessons I learned in May 2016.

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty Engaging first sentence? No. I understand what it’s supposed to mean, but that meaning is lost when you look at the first sentence alone: The blaze of sun wrung pops of […]

How to Turn an Idea into a Story

How to Turn an Idea into a Story | Have you got an idea for a novel, but don’t know how to start? This video will show you how.

How to Turn an Idea into a Story (Video transcript) I often hear writers say, “I have an idea for a book, but I don’t know where to start.” That’s because an idea doesn’t equal a story. Ideas don’t tell […]