By: Diana Hurwitz
The first chapter is both a blessing and a curse.
It is easy to come up with an idea, sit down, and begin to tell
story. Many authors have file folders full of first chapters of books that will
never be written. I have a few of my own.
A good first chapter does not happen quickly or easily. It has a terrible burden to carry. It must:
1) Introduce the story world.
Orient the reader right away by defining the setting. Are we in the past, present, or future? Are we on earth, in space, or visiting a
2) Define the genre.
Is it a fantasy, a romance, or a historical mystery?
3) Set the tone.
Will this be a lighthearted tale, a tearjerker, or a
4) Introduce the main character and make him
I would say likable, but that has not always been the case. Your character does not have to be a white-hat hero, but he or she should be someone the reader can root for. Loathsome characters are hard to care about.
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