Writing Chapter One – Tips

Discovered this excellent post on first chapter styles today over on D. Wallace Peach’s blog. Happy writing, indeed. I think I fall into the bookending chapter one category this time around. And since my blog posts these days are all about the writing process, I’m happy to share “Writing Chapter One”.

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4 comments on “Writing Chapter One – Tips

  1. Thanks again for sharing, Francis. Now, I’m off to work on my first chapter 🙂

  2. Peter Ralph says:

    Interesting. Before I start a new manuscript I reread the first chapter of Frederick Forsyth’s Avenger. It is the best and most compelling first chapter that I’ve read. If I was in a bookshop and read that chapter I’m definitely buying the book. I don’t plagiarize, but I do try to get the major elements into my prolog or first chapter.

    • Excellent tip, Peter. We can always learn from the experts. There are writers I’ll read even if it takes half the book to hook me. But when it comes to trying out a new author, getting hooked early on is crucial. I’m off to tune up the first chapter of my next book.

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