First Chapter Friday #1 (April 2016)

#FirstChapterFriday April 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 April 2016.

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? Coraline, Neil Gaiman Engaging First Sentence? It’s great. It gets to the point instantly, and is so succinct that I can’t even summarise it, so I’ll just quote it: Coraline discovered the door a little […]

6 Prologues I’m Tired of Reading

6 Prologues I’m Tired of Reading | Tips for writers from a freelance book editor on prologues, and why you should avoid them. A must read for writers who use prologues.

Many agents, editors and readers hate prologues. In truth, they can be done well, but most prologues fail because they accomplish nothing a first chapter should and everything it shouldn’t. Being named something other than Chapter One does not absolve […]