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anonymous asked:

In the first few chapters of a manuscript, what are a few of your must-haves and/or pet peeves?

Remember the purpose of a first page—hook your reader!

You should catch the reader’s interest from your very first line.

On that first page, you should:

  • Establish your character and voice
  • Establish what your character wants and the potential conflict (this is your plot)

  • Establish the tone (a horror novel and a beachy romance have very different tones - give your reader a subtle indication of what they are in store for)

  • Begin establishing the setting (even in contemporary fiction, the setting plays a role, and if your novel is paranormal/fantasy/sci fi/historical, readers must get a sense of this from the first pages)

Some Dos and Don’ts

  • DON’T forget to include your main character’s name
  • DO catch your reader off guard
  • DON’T begin in a place where there’s no forward momentum
  • DO start in media res
  • DON’T start with a pivotal emotional scene before the reader can care about the characters
  • DON’T start with a question
  • DON’T ask too many questions in place of character thoughts
  • DON’T fall prey to character soup
  • DO end your first chapter with a compelling line that will inspire the reader to turn the page
  • DO introduce at least the idea of the main conflict

Some books with great openings:

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

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•Road trips

•Letting you play with his hair

•Letting you wear his beanie

•Going with each other everywhere and anywhere

•Your parents honestly loving him and being fully willing to support him in any way

•Helping with his novel

•Horror movie marathons despite Jason’s murder

•Studying leading to make out sessions

•Jug is so scared to tell you he is asexual because he thinks you might leave him

•But you surprise him when you are so supportive oml his little-relieved face

“Wait? You-You aren’t going to leave me?”

“Of course not. I fucking love you, Jughead. Asexual or not, I always will.”

•After that I mean you guys don’t hold anything back

•You literally could talk about the most boring thing ever and yet still talk about it for hours

•Low key PDA

•Like when you’re at Pop’s, he gently grabs your hand under the table

•Or at school, low-key wraps his arm around your waist

•But oh boy, if Jughead gets jealous…

•That kid wraps his arm around your shoulder, kisses your cheek in front of whoever it is he’s jealous of and gives him that stare

•Jughead is so worried that you will leave him for someone else

•Constantly reassuring him that he’s perfect

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•Cuddling p much all the time at home

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•You, Archie and Jug being best friends like before

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