Every Friday I read the first chapter of a book I've never read before to see what I can learn about writing great first chapters.

First Chapter Friday #10 (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 sentence was long, which I would normally complain about, but it was simple enough to … Read more

Every Friday I read the first chapter of a book I've never read before to see what I can learn about writing great first chapters.

First Chapter Friday #6 (September 2016)

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? Face Value, Ian Andrew Engaging first sentence? It wasn’t the prettiest place to die. I liked it; it told me that I was starting the story in the middle of an action scene so it probably wouldn’t be a boring or slow start. It also told me that this current … Read more

6 Prologues I’m Tired of Reading

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 prologues of being the first impression of your novel; it still needs to be a … Read more

I love starting a new book; there's something about beginning a new journey that invigorates me. When it comes to choosing the next victor from my towering TBR stack, a great first chapter will always win out. I selected five contestants and read the first chapter of each to bring you some tips about what makes or breaks a first chapter.

What Makes a Great First Chapter? (A Comparison of 5 First Chapters)

I love starting a new book; there’s something about beginning a new journey that invigorates me. When it comes to choosing the next victor from my towering TBR stack, a great first chapter will always win out. I selected five contestants and read the first chapter of each to bring you some tips about what … Read more