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How To Create A Read-Worthy Opening Chapter


K.M. Allan

A classic piece of writing advice is to hook the reader with the first sentence.

While what makes a great sentence is so subjective that such advice is near impossible to achieve, it’s the sentiment that is sound. You want to grab the reader with your opening so that they’ll want to pick up and finish your book. The good news is that you have the whole first chapter to do that, and these tips to help you.

How To Create A Read-Worthy Opening Chapter

Star Intros

Barring exceptions of prologues, instances where you need to start with the killer to set up a murder, or opening your story with a flashback or flash-forward, if you can make the first character your reader meets your Main Character or the set of characters that you want them to like, do that.

The MC or lead characters are who your readers…

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Author: jowensauthor

I'm a geeky, animal/cat-loving author of Fantasy and YA Fiction. I'm a supporter of animal charities such as the WWF. I'm also a fan of anime and sci-fi/fantasy. I'm an avid reader as well, and enjoy mainly reading fantasies, mysteries, and books about animals. I have a B.A. in History with a minor in English. I also dabble in making jewelry, reading tarot, and am interested in the paranormal. You can find out more about me and my various books and writings at my website: You can also find me on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

4 thoughts on “How To Create A Read-Worthy Opening Chapter

  1. Excellent advice—and timely as I prepare to revise a messy novel draft.

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  2. Thanks for sharing, Jeanne!

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