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.
I embody my worst fear as a writer. If I'm abandoning books, other people are too. But why?
Whenever I buy a book, I look at the blurb first. Point is - they matter. So, please, can you stop with the spoilers?
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?