How to write a GOOD first chapter of a novel

The beginning of a novel – especially the first chapter – is what will decide if the reader goes on to read more or ditches the story right then and there.

The ability to write a first chapter that hooks the reader is massively important.

But how do you accomplish such a feat?

In episode 73 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, Autumn and Jesper share the elements that every successful first chapter needs – along with some of the mistakes they have made in their earlier writing career.

Links to materials mentioned in this episode:

The Character Development – Essential Skills – course: https://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/character-development-sales-page/

The video on how to write awesome prologues: https://youtu.be/CRTiTRWfUeU

The booklet designed to help you with crafting an amazing first chapter: https://www.amwritingfantasy.com/product/novel-beginnings-help-booklet/

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Written by: Jesper Schmidt

Jesper Schmidt is a Danish bestselling fantasy author who also dabbles in non-fiction. He is also focused on helping and inspiring others. It is his firm belief that this world of ours can never have too much fantasy fiction in it, but for that to happen we need authors to write it and readers to find it.

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