“The first chapter, the first paragraph, the first sentence - all are of paramount importance. Imagery, setting, characters, smells, noises, thoughts and emotions must be forward, intriguing, and captivating. It is vital the author snag the reader’s attention, grab hold of all the senses, and bring the story alive with immediacy.” -- Marvin D. Wilson in Ask the Editor -- First Chapter ImportanceFor the novelists reading this blog, here’s a counterpart to yesterday’s quote on short story beginnings. Normally, if I’m not into a novel after the first couple of chapters, I put it away and move on to another. There are too many choices out there for me to struggle reading a book I don’t find interesting.
I made an exception to this last month. I forced myself to read a book because it was written by a famous, award-winning author. It was a mistake. I found the prose slow going, the characters cliched, and the ending disappointing.