It’s a cliché that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, but what a lot of authors should keep in mind is that clichés exist for a reason. Just like tropes, they’re incredibly effective and keep audiences coming back. So, with that in mind, let’s look into those opening few chapters with an eye as to what the reader needs to experience to keep on reading. Below is a checklist I’ve compiled as to what needs to be in those all-important first chapters, with a few examples from Game of Thrones at the end so we’re all on the same page. As the great screenwriter Terry Rossio said, “Begin with a punch, end with a flurry,” which is what we’ll focus on here. And as much as I lov
There’s an idiom we always found strange in that “laws are a lot like sausages; it’s better not to see them being made.” As connoisseurs of carne here at Bugbear BBQ, we think that saying is miles off from the truth. Any good fantasy pitmaster not only wants to know exactly what goes into the process of their sausages, but would probably like the recipe complete with exact measurements to go with it. And here at Bugbear BBQ, we shout to the heavens our exact recipe: Lots of love. And lots of fingers. Needless to say, it didn’t make the most appetizing tagline for the business. Accurate, maybe. Appetizing, no. But if you’re one of those eccentrics who wants to keep all your fingers and yet st
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