Writing the 1st Three Chapters

This has become a problem for me. The more books I write the more complicated it gets. Not that I was so brilliant at it to begin with *wink* But you’d think that by now I would have a bit of a grasp on this monster. Alas I don’t and that’s usually when I dust off the (inter-web’s) trusty romance writing advice.

 

Here are some that’s kept me grounded:
1. The opening chapters have to give the readers/editor/literary agent an idea of your voice as a writer. It gives an idea of what the rest of the story’s going to be like, action packed, funny, quirky, witty etc.
2. Include sparkly dialogue, something exciting and attention grabbing.
3. Start with the moment things changes for your character (s).
4. Introduce you main character (s). Give the reader an idea of who they are, something that will keep the reader turning the pages and feel sympathy for your character(s).
5. Remember the perfect opening chapters doesn’t happen overnight, you’ll probably chop and change a couple of times. That’s okay *smile*

 

And here are some of the don’ts especially if you’re a newbie:
1. Driving scenes, alarm clocks (or any type of variant of this), generic weather descriptions. These are hard to make fresh for new writers. Rather start somewhere else.
2. New writers love to info dump *guilty look*, whether through dialogue or the characters explaining their lives etc. Don’t do this. Not in those crucial first chapters. No backstory at this point. If it’s necessary you can add it later.

 

 

But most of all remember this!

1dbb6c5e40e04a11c4172e5bdfc910a9

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s