As a reader, I love a book I can't put down - and yet I've lost count of the books I've put down mid-way, or worse just pages in.
Because first chapters suck.
Are you a procrastinating writer? Maybe what you need is a 30 day writing marathon. Let me introduce you to... *drumroll* National Novel Writing Month! But before you plunge into the challenge, make sure you're aware of how NaNoWriMo can help you and hinder you.
I aced my 2020 NaNoWriMo. Here's how.
Non-linear narratives can be super engaging and fun, but are prone to problems that kill their good qualities. So when should a story be told in a non-linear way?
I embody my worst fear as a writer. If I'm abandoning books, other people are too. But why?
The first chapter of Tim Bowler's Frozen Fire is pretty good, and with an opening line like "I'm dying." it's hard not to be. That's right, it's time for another opening scene breakdown.
The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. What makes the first chapter work?
Last time, we looked at Mr. Robot. This time, we're looking at Edgar Wright's Baby Driver. What techniques are used to engage the audience?
Be it the first chapter to a novel, or the opening scene of a screenplay, writing a good opening to a story is tough. What can Mr. Robot teach us about setting up a compelling narrative?