me, emailing my teachers my over due work, in a format they cannot open on their computer, making it appear like I’ve finished my assignments, but in reality im buying myself more time to complete them, before they can ask me about it the computer problems in real life
It wasn’t necessarily the pile of dishes or the trail of clothes that seemed to almost constantly hover around Jungkook like he was some annoying ass Avatar or something that got you so mad. It wasn’t the thick fragrance of his cologne or body wash that drifted through the open plan of your shared apartment every morning, or the smell of his musky sweat when he returned home from his evening jog, or from when he emerges from his room- having clearly just having a ‘fucking mind blowing’ wank. It wasn’t the soft melodies, or exciting electronic beats that flooded from his open window and into yours, nor his big and copious amounts of jackets and coats that made it nearly impossible to get your own fucking clothes from the rack next to the front door. Your frequent burning irritation had nothing to do with his presence, with the evidence of his existence in your apartment and life; it was with the man behind it all. It was with him. With fucking Jeon Jungkook. Ok, and maybe it was also for his fucking annoying baking habits. Did he really need to bring that shit home? Didn’t he get sick of it at work?
Hey, do you have any tips for how to write the first chapter or at least the beginning of a chapter? I'm just so bad at this. The rest would come to me If I just know how to begin
Hi, love! Thanks for your question and for your patience :)
So writing a first chapter is basically a two-party process: brainstorming a few different ideas, and deciding which suit the purpose of introducing your story. The second part is the one that always gets me – because no matter how many possibilities there are, I worry about which one is the best for the purpose.
So that’s what I’m going to outline here. What should be the criteria for a first chapter?
A feel of the setting. As soon as a reader opens the first page, they need to be immersed in your world, no matter how significant the setting is to the story. If you’re bouncing between ideas, pick a setting with strong imagery and sensory details. It helps to take the primary emotion of the scene (e.g. if a character is being chased, the primary emotion would be fear) and use it to color the scenery (wind/rain/thunder, darkness) and sensations (flashes of color, conversations blurring together, heart pounding, panting). These will tie your theme together and draw your reader in, as well as inspiring empathy for the POV character.
Information about the main character. Don’t see this and jump to infodumping, though – no one cares about your character’s MBTI at chapter one. But they do want something to let them know who they’re dealing with. Take a predominant trait and let us see it and feel it throughout that first chapter, so we feel like we’ve learned something. It’s like when you meet someone at a party! If they share too much, you’re uncomfortable; if they share too little, they’re just “that person whose name I forgot.” But, if they’re that guy with the big hat, or that girl who kept shouting “You communist!”, then it’s a lot easier to remember their name is Sam.
Something obscured from the reader’s view. Your first chapter risks functioning as a short story, or “that interesting book I started but forgot about,” if there isn’t incentive to keep reading. You need to answer a lot of questions, of course, but you have to leave a few unanswered. Take the mystery of your plot (and if you don’t have one, that’s another ask entirely) and drop us right into it – even if it’s something small.
A taste of what the story will be. The first chapter should be interesting, exciting, yes – but it should represent what the story is, so think about the whole story for a minute. What’s the genre? Who are the key characters? What’s the arc and the plot that we need to look for? It’s like a first date – you want to look good, of course, but if you misrepresent yourself, the relationship won’t last. Let the readers hear your author’s voice, loud and clear, and let them know what to expect from here out.
Stakes, stakes, and more stakes. Mystery is one thing. Not knowing what might get you is one very good thing. But knowing for certain that something is out there – something bad is going to happen and it’s only a matter of time – will turn pages for you. Even if we don’t know exactly who the character is or what they’re facing, let us feel that nervousness of, “What if she does this? “What if he doesn’t get there in time?” “What if he never breaks up with that girl?” Otherwise, you’re advertising a merry-go-round, and that’s never as popular as a rollercoaster. I know that from Rollercoaster Tycoon too. Seriously, merry-go-rounds make garbage money.
So when planning your first chapter, consider these aspects and narrow down your ideas. That way, when you know you’ve planned well, you can feel confident to get started!
If this doesn’t answer your question, be sure to let us know! I hope this helps :)