The first chapters

1296954532924790 I admit to judging a book by its cover, but I also pick up a book to read the first few pages before deciding to buy. I find the story must catch my attention, provide character(s) that I care about, and offer a promise to deliver something- adventure, horror, suspense, exploration, etc.

The first chapters must offer these elements. At Alexandra Sokoloff’s blog, she writes about this very topic. Her post, First chapters, gives a basic understanding of what you need to weave into your story at the very beginning.

In fact, the first chapter often gets offered as a free read from some authors with the basic principle that the reader will want to read more.

Now get back to writing!


2 Replies to “The first chapters”

    1. It made for an interesting story but to be honest, I rarely buy books only because I live pretty frugally. You have a great starter sentence, and the scene built enough suspense and intrigue, I cared about the character and how he’d face the obstacles. Is this already published?


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