Clark comments. It happened because as I was writing, I followed a lot of writing blogs, attended a lot of author talks, and browsed a lot of guides that had a lot to say about how to write the first page of a book. I guess the thinking is that readers thumbing through books in the bookstore and agents alike make snap decisions based on those initial words—so you better make it good! First, though, if you want to learn more about plot and how to structure your story, check out my new book, The Write Structure.
How to write a first novel: 10 Do’s and Don’ts
How to Write a Book: 10 Ridiculously Simple Steps
Learning how to start a novel, how to write a great first sentence, paragraph or chapter, is key to writing books that pull readers in fast. What makes a first sentence or paragraph strong? Read examples from classics and bestselling novels, then get feedback on your own story opening:. Not all are particularly action-heavy or flashy, but all create curiosity:.
How to Write a Killer Author Bio
Now, every personal brand entrepreneur has heard this at some point: a book is the best business card you can give out! As with any endeavor you pursue as a personal brand entrepreneur, you must begin by identifying your audience. Who are you writing for? Why do they need your book? What do you want them to learn or act on once they finish?
It is here that all of your perfectionism rears its ugly head calling for a full halt to your progress. Most writers struggle to figure out how to start their novel, and it makes sense. Your first chapter can make or break your book: with readers, agents, and publishers. So then how do you do it? How do you write a good first chapter?