#FirstChapterFriday December 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 December 2016.

First Chapter Friday #9 (December 2016)

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? In the Skin of a Monster, Kathryn Barker The good The voice in this book was immediate and fantastic. I knew this girl immediately and was interested in what she was doing and what she had to say. I learnt about how three years beforehand, when they were both fourteen, … Read more

#FirstChapterFriday What Makes the First Chapter of a Book Stand Out? | 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.

#FirstChapterFriday What Makes the First Chapter of a Book Stand Out?

(Video transcript) There are millions of books in the world so why should anyone read your book over another one? Even if you win someone over with your cover, blurb and title, you’re not in yet. Avid readers have dozens of books on their ‘to be read’ list, so why should yours be the next … Read more

2 Storytelling Lessons from SIX OF CROWS | Analysing other stories can help you develop your own storytelling skills. What storytelling lessons can we learn 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 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.

First Chapter Friday #3 (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 surprised me enough to want to know why he’s got a beef with his moustache. … Read more

How to Turn a Premise into a Plan | Have you figured out what your story is about, but don’t know where to go from there? This video will help you turn your story premise into a plan.

How to Turn a Story Premise into a Plan

How to Turn a Story Premise into a Plan (Video transcript) In my last video I talked about how difficult it is to start a story from just an idea and that it’s best to develop that idea into a premise before you start writing or you’ll have an increased chance of getting stuck. But while … Read more

#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.

First Chapter Friday #2 (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 sweat from the old man’s brow, yet he cupped his hands around the glass of … Read more

#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.

First Chapter Friday #1 (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 while after they moved into the house. “The door” says it all. Gaiman could have … Read more

5 Ways to Nail the First Sentence of Your Novel (And 5 Ways Not To) | Great tips for writing a first sentence that has an impact and avoid turning your reader away. A must read for writers who want to hook their readers with the first sentence.

5 Ways to Nail the First Sentence of Your Novel

Why is the First Sentence so Important? The first sentence can be the difference between a reader moving on to the second sentence and closing the book. They might not stop reading if the first sentence is average or unimpressive, but with so many books to choose from, don’t you want to hook them as … Read more