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That Novel's First Chapter

May 8, 2017

"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night.  You can only see as far as the headlights go, but you take the trip anyhow."  I like to remember that quote when I am working on a book.  It's impossible to know all of the twists and turns that will come down the road.  You just need to get behind the wheel and start driving.  Of course, it helps to have background structure to use as a crutch. Here are some first chapter tips that have been passed along to me,  


In the first chapter, the writer must make a contract with the reader, give the reader an idea of what is going to happen.  Then the writer must let the reader know what the main character really wants. The book's theme can be evoked from within the story by showing what concerns the main character.  Theme is revealed through action and detail.


From this very first chapter on,  the goal is to make your reader forget they are reading. Happy writing.  Thanks for stopping by.  More tips next time.    







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