Tomorrow marks the first day of Camp Nanowrimo, which means thousands of writers around the globe will start writing “Chapter One” of their brand new, sparkly novels.
Which got me thinking… what makes a good chapter one? What grabs a readers attention? What do you need to read in the chapter to set the tone for the rest of the novel?
For me… I think I look for voice. I need to “like” the main character and more importantly, I need to like the authors writing style. If their writing is overly complex and flowery then I know I’m not going to be get along with the book. I think in a odd way, I also look for a “feeling” that I can recognise. Something I have in common with the character, their values, the setting… something I can associate with otherwise I feel a little lost.
What do you guys look for in chapter one? What keeps you reading into chapter two?