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First chapter or Last?

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message 1: by Carlene (new)

Carlene Havel (chch) | 10 comments Which do you find more challenging, writing a book's first chapter or the last?


message 2: by Renee (new)

Renee (renee-b) | 8 comments The last.


message 3: by Kim (new)

Kim McMahill | 6 comments The first - if you can't hook the reader in the first chapter, maybe even less than that, you might lose them, especially in the adventure/suspense genres.


message 4: by Joan (new)

Joan Alley (prismbookgroup) | 11 comments Mod
Good question, Carlene! That first chapter is all so important--a challenge for many authors, I think. It's all about hooking the reader, NOT about character and story set-up. If your first chapter is about exploring character traits or their history and arranging for something big to happen in the plot during chapter two or three...well, you have some cutting to do! Start with the story. Then blend everything else in. But sometimes, this is easier said then done...why is it so tempting to start somewhere slow?


message 5: by Carlene (last edited May 07, 2014 06:20PM) (new)

Carlene Havel (chch) | 10 comments Amen! I often find I write 3-4 chapters then realize Chapter 1 has to yield to the "delete" button.


message 6: by Renee (new)

Renee (renee-b) | 8 comments I've done that before. LOL


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