First Chapter Friday #10 (January 2017)

#FirstChapterFriday January 2017 | 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 January 2017.

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo The good I liked the writing and the lack of info dumping, especially since this is fantasy and the reader needs to learn the context, world and premise. The first […]

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 […]