The Novel Smithy:
Your novel’s opening pulls a lot of weight.
Not only will your opening chapter give readers their first glimpse into your story, but it’ll also lay the groundwork you’ll build on throughout the rest of your novel. It’ll introduce your characters, establish your story’s world, and spark the conflicts that will ultimately draw readers into your story.
So, how can you write a successful opening chapter for your novel? Well, while your first chapter will be unique to your story, there are a few common traits well-written openings share—along with seven simple steps you can take to ensure your first chapter is the best it can be!