Video games are great for teaching us essential writing techniques and nowhere is that more clear than in how a game sets up its story.
Whenever I buy a book, I look at the blurb first. Point is – they matter. So, please, can you stop with the spoilers?
Anyone who has read a book knows what a chapter is – a break in the flow of text that makes up a novel. A handy place for a reader to decide whether to stick in a bookmark, fold the corner of the page, or keep reading. It helps a book’s structure and pacing.
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.
How to resist editing before you’ve finished your first draft, and immediately after.
The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. What makes the first chapter work?