January is First Chapter Month at ChapterBuzz, where we celebrate the all-important first chapter, appreciate first chapters of all shapes and sizes, and of course, write some of our own.
To prepare for First Chapter Month, I’m looking for guest bloggers to share their knowledge and insights about that one chapter in our books that does so much of the heavy lifting.
Here are some topics that work well:
Importance of first chapters. The first chapter of any novel is crucial because it sets the stage for the rest of the story. It can describe settings, introduce characters, and contain important plot details.
It’s also the very first thing a reader sees when he or she starts flipping through a book to decide whether or not to buy it.
The push it gives. The thought of writing a novel can be intimidating, and authors don’t always know how to pull their ideas together into a story that reads well. But sometimes, writing just one chapter is enough to get the ideas flowing—and gives the writer that push to keep going. What are some easy ways to get started?
Difficulties and challenges. Feeling pressured to write a “perfect” first chapter, procrastination, writer’s block, and a lack of confidence can all keep an aspiring novelist from getting started. What are some good solutions?
These are just a few, but of course there are many other angles to write from. Original content or already-published articles welcome. Submit yours here!