Novel Beginnings Help Booklet


How confident are you in the first chapter of your novel?

The first few pages, heck that FIRST page, of your novel is an important determination if your book is going to be read. And there are a lot of factors to create a captivating beginning that reveals enough to show this story is different without overwhelming the reader with too much information. This booklet will walk you through those oh-so-important first pages.

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What makes a good novel beginning?

There is a lot of generic advice: start with action, have a killer opening line, open with a hook, write a compelling character. Great. But how do you actually do any of that?

If you’ve asked yourself

  • How do you capture a reader’s (or agent’s) attention?
  • How do you introduce your characters?
  • How do you share the background of the world/story?
  • How much detail should you have before it becomes too much?


Then this Novel Beginnings Help Booklet is the worksheet for you. It covers opening lines, how much information to include in the beginning, how to include it without boring the reader, how to introduce characters, and more!


Autumn is a best selling indie author, conservationist, & world traveler with plans for many more adventures both real and fantastical! She is currently settled in the wilds of Maine with her small dragonish dog and husband, searching for a portal to another world.

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