Friday, September 28, 2018
Start your book with a bang! The importance of chapter one 🤩
Chapter one is your chance to grab readers by the throat and make them want more!
We see it all the time in television show pilots. It's up to that original episode to captivate its audience and make them coming back for another week. Something has to shake things up in order to create an interest with the viewer and books are no different.
So what do people want to see? It really depends. Some people are drawn in by action, adventure, drama, violence, and sex, while others might be intrigued by a unique character, an unexpected action or perhaps the protagonist is going through something that connects with the audience. The main point is that the start of anything, whether it be a movie, book or television show must make the reader or viewer want more.
I always say that you should start chapter one in the middle of something relevant to the rest of the book. For example, in my last book And the Devil Will Laugh, the protagonist and his associate are visiting the (soon to be) editor of a large newspaper in hopes of swaying him to write articles in favor of both himself and a political candidate he is backing. Meanwhile, across town, the protagonist's wife is murdering the current editor, who didn't go along with his previous wishes. This ties in with the rest of the book because violence and media manipulation are a huge part of the entire book. Also, this is in the middle of the action. I didn't start chapter one with the characters discussing their plan to bully the media or the protagonist having breakfast before he left the house, I jump right into the action.
Catching a reader's attention is very important. With so many other books, the Internet and of course, Netflix as ways to be entertained, readers can easily pass up on your novel and move on to something else; so give them a good reason to not want to put it down.
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Author of Fire, A Spark before the Fire and The Rock Star of Vampires, Her Name is Mariah, Different Shades of the Same Color, We're All Animals, Always be a Wolf, The Devil is Smooth Like Honey, A Devil Named Hernandez and And The Devil Will Laugh. All are available at Amazon, Chapters, iTunes or most online retailers. Check it out at www.mimaonfire.com.