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January 25 2007 Fiction Writing Newsletter


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Volume 2, Edition 4

25 January 2007

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In this issue:

- From the editor

- Constructing your first chapter

- Related links and articles

- Previous articles

- On the forum

- Fiction Writing Shop

 From the editor

I woke up the other night with what I think is finally the perfect opening for the first chapter of my "old" novel. I've lost count of the number of times I've rewritten this chapter, but it must be at least six or seven now.

For many writers, beginning to write at the beginning of the book makes a lot of sense. Developments arise in the same sequence that they will for the eventual reader, making it easy to judge where more information is needed. 

But some writers like to jump around and write whatever part of the book inspires them at any given moment. This can be a natural and free way of writing, and is worth exploring. It's also the easiest way to miss something and confuse your readers. 

Bear in mind that the first chapter you write when you first start your book, may not necessarily be the same first chapter that graces the finished product on the bookshelf. At the beginning of your work on your book, you don't need to worry about getting the first chapter perfect before you move onto Chapter Two.


 Constructing your first chapter 

No matter how you think you want to begin the first few pages of your book, there are other people with a vested interest in your first chapter and their requirements should be taken into consideration along with the needs of your story. 

It may seem unfair but you first need to sell your story before it will ever be read. Your first chapter, and even more importantly, your first page, is your demonstration product for your sales pitch.

Read this article

 Related links and articles 

First lines quiz

Writing a synopsis

To plan or not to plan

 Previous articles on the Fiction Writing site 


Exposition in fiction

Writing fantasy

 On the Fiction Writing forum 

How many times have you rewritten a first chapter? 

Tell us about it on the forum!

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