Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor

Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde

"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Guest post: Author Janiera Eldridge

Books Are Great to Write . . . After The First Few Chapters 
by Janiera Eldridge

Writing a book is never easy however, what a lot of people don’t know is that the hardest part of writing a book is braving the first few chapters. You’d think it would be the easiest part of writing a book. The ideas are fresh in your mind, the characters are fresh, there is a blank page just waiting to be filled! That is all good and well but the problem usually comes in when you start thinking about how you want to start your story.

Starting a new book is like going on a blind date. You might know a little about your new novel but you’re still nervous about how those first few times you spend with that novel is going to go. I always have a hard time trying to figure out what character I’m going to write about first. The first character to be introduced in a new novel is usually the character the author is going to spend the most time with. First impressions are everything so, whatever you say in the first few pages of your book about your main character will remain in the mind of the reader for the entire book. 

There’s also a lot of pressure to write an exciting opening for your novel. As a reader I know that the first few chapters of your novel are what determine if people want to continue reading your book or not. The first chapter is the most important because while it serves as a base for the entire novel it has to be exciting at the same time. I used to dread the first few lines of writing my book but there are some really cool and easy ticks you can use to draw a reader into your book:

  • Open your book with dialogue.
  • Open your book with a question.
  • Open your book with a shocking event.

I always feel better after writing the first few pages of my book. I don’t outline my books before I write them but some people say that can also help make the first few chapters less daunting. My books seem to write themselves so after the first few chapters the manuscript gains a rhythm of its own and it is smooth sailing from there. Until you have to come up with an acceptable ending which is an entirely new story all by itself! 

What are some techniques you've read in the opening lines of a novel that have pulled you in?

About the author:

Janiera Eldridge loves feeding her book addiction and putting all her crazy stories on paper. When she is not immersed in the world of fiction, she is working as an entertainment freelance writer.

Janiera also enjoys connecting with other authors and supporting their work on her book blog Books & Beauty.

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