Thursday, November 29, 2018

First Chapters


In my third creative writing class, part of a suite of short guides to writing techniques, I offer some thoughts on first chapters.

The first chapter of a work is usually the one that receives the most attention and editing. There's also a temptation to cram rather a lot inside it, for after all we want to establish the story and put everything in place.

In the clip below, I ask how we might use story elements in the first chapter to indicate the kind of work we're writing, and to give a sense of its initial narrative problems. And, I have a look at the first chapter of the book I'm reading at the moment - William Boyd's Love is Blind.