Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Secrets of a Good Chapter One
How about...In the beginning...? Wait a minute that has already been done. So, what about...It was the best of times. It was the worst of times...? Used already. Then there's the good old standby...It was a dark and stormy night... Okay, so I was only teasing, but my point is your beginning needs to be orignal. Not something from a book you've read before, nor a quote from a movie. Of course, you already know this. But while we're on the subject avoid cliches as much as possible. That said, let's move on and discuss the secrets of a good chapter one.
After you show a glimpse of your character's everyday life and the change that has happened you need to apply the third secret, the continuing result of the change. This will carry through to the end of your book.
Do you know other secrets to a good chapter one? Please feel free to share them, and I'll add them to the list.