Thursday, April 7, 2011

FIRST CHAPTER

I have decided to read as many first chapters of bestselling authors, as I can find and see if I can learn how to write a good, if not great first chapter.

Why? Because I know my book is good, it has potential. But I also know that my first chapter does not really pull the reader in. And with querying you only have a few sentences to get that agent to like your work or they will politely say ‘’No’’ and send you a nice rejection letter.

So that is my plan. What about you? Do you have the magic first chapter or are you looking for the secret magic formula too?

19 comments :

  1. I am indeed looking for a secret formula too, and have done a couple of posts on first chapters myself (a thriller and a romance). Interested to see what conclusions you come up with, please post about it. What genre is your book?

    -mood
    Moody Writing

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  2. I read and read and read brilliant how to books, then just got on with it, and it seems to be working. Hugs.. (ps. I write mainly for children but some for grown-ups)

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  3. I've basically worked with my critique partners on my first chapter and tried to do the best I can while working at increasing my knowledge on the writing craft. Good luck on getting your first chapter in great shape!

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  4. Looking for the magic formula for the second chapter, the first one is easy...LOL!

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  5. I wish there was a secret formula or a magic pill, but starting at the beginning and grabbing the reader is the best place to start.
    Good luck!

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  6. Admit I never thought to read just first chapters. That's very clever.

    MaryV

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  7. That's definitely an interesting idea. It will be great to read how you get on with it.

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  8. Mooderino - I write romance novels. My first novel was written for the paranormal/urban fiction genre. I also recently completed a historical romance novel. And I will definitely write about what I discovered with the first chapter idea but it will probably only be after the A-Z challenge. Thank you so much for coming by. I truly do appreciate it.

    Carole - I think it is tough to write children's books. So two very enthusiastic thumbs up for you. Thank you so much for stopping by.

    Sarah - Thank you and thank you for stopping by.

    Siv - Lucky you! I am jealous. Ha! Ha!

    Debora - Thank you so much. I am totally committed to making that first chapter awesome. Thank you for stopping by.

    Mary - Thank you. I am sure I can learn something from this experiment and I will be sure to share whatever I came up with.

    Rebecca - Thanks. Also thank you very much for stopping by and following my blog. I will write about the discoveries I will make, but probably only after the A-Z challenge.

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  9. Hi there :) Share with us if you do find the secret formula!!! Mine are still trial and error..

    Following you from A-Z challenge!

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  10. Ju - Trial and error is the best, but I am tired of rejection letters. I will definitely share what ever I come up with. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog.

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  11. As a reader I don't really judge the book by the the first chapter... I don't know, maybe I'm different ;) Sometimes the action is slow, but I tend to stick with it.

    Anyway, nice ot meet you through the A-Z challenge :)

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  12. Bz - Thank you for stopping by and commenting. It was very nice meeting you as well.

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  13. here via the A to Z challenge. Sounds like a good start. I'm not a writer, but I'm a reader. I can't imagine my life without reading and like Bz, I don't judge a book by the first chapter. If I did, I never would have read and finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because it was a good 150 or more pages into that book before I was hooked.
    Good luck with YOUR book!
    michelle
    http://meanderingwithmiche.blogspot.com/

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  14. Hi, Stopping by from the A to Z challenge. Love your posts! I am always looking for that secret magic formula, and am curious to see what you find!

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  15. Michelle - I wish I had your endurance when it comes to books. If I can't get past the first two chapters I call it quits. Thank you so much for stopping by.

    Anna - Thank you so much for stopping by and following my blog. Hopefully I can actually find that secret formula.

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  16. Hang in there. Rejection is a part of the formula, just keep trying.

    I clicked on your site from the "Surprise Me" button for the AtoZ Challenge. My H is about Historical Humor. If you have a chance, please check it out.

    Joyce
    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  17. Joyce - Thank you so much for stopping by. I will check out your blog. Thanks so much for the invite.

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  18. Great idea! I've never thought about doing this. I hope my first chapter has magic but maybe I should test it against some of the greats.

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  19. Shelley - Thank you. Both my critique partners have said that my first chapter is the let-down, so now I have come up with this idea. I hope I can get some new ideas. And I bet your first chapter is magic. Thank you for stopping by.

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