This is difficult, some would say the most difficult. It’s trying to decide that first sentence and where exactly, and how to start your story out; it is one of those moments that the backspace button is used most often.
This is tough to get going because you want it to stand out, away from everyone else’s book. The first sentence must grab your audience. It must pull them in and keep them intrigued to read more. It happens to the best of us, but to keep it strong writers must think outside of the box for that opening line.
What not to do in the first chapter-
Even if you have an amazing and compelling prologue; I also learned that readers may skim over the prologue and move onto the first chapter. So keep that first sentence new and amazing.
The rest of the first chapter maintains that same importance. Bring the main characters to life here. Let the readers get a feeling of them here, some personality and understanding. Let the readers step into their day to day life and fall in love with their story.
Do you have a tip for the first chapter? Let me know in the comments!
Tiffany Heiser is the owner of Tiffany Heiser Graphics & Fyre and Brimestone Publishing. She is a self-taught graphic artist, an author, publisher, & a loving mom.