Captivate Fiction & Nonfiction Readers from the Start
A lot rides on the opening, which determines whether—or not—readers will commit to your book. For this reason, it’s best to leave writing the first chapter in polished detail until you’ve completed the first draft.
Here’s some tips for ways to achieve a memorable opener:
Set up the situation at hand: including setting, time period and the ‘inciting’ incident that kicks off the story.
Introduce an intriguing protagonist.
Start on the cusp of action, or in the thick of it, with minimal back story. You need to know all the background details, but […]