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First Chapter Analysis: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

If you want to write a novel that hooks a reader’s interest, then you had better write an engaging first chapter. But how exactly do you do that?

Since I’ve already provided resources on how to write a solid set of opening pages, and the big mistakes to avoid when writing your opening...

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When Should You Write in Scene vs. Summary?

Stories need both scenes and summaries to work, but it can sometimes be challenging to determine when to use which. 

How do you know which moments to dramatize into a full blown scene? How do you know which story events you can simply summarize? 

In this post, I’m going to walk...

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First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

If you want to write a novel that hooks a reader’s interest, then you had better write an engaging first chapter. But how exactly do you do that?

Since I’ve already provided resources on how to write a solid set of opening pages, and the big mistakes to avoid when writing your opening...

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First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

If you want to write a novel that hooks a reader’s interest, then you had better write an engaging first chapter. But how exactly do you do that?

Since I’ve already provided resources on how to write a solid set of opening pages, and the big mistakes to avoid when writing your opening...

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First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

If you want to write a novel that hooks a reader’s interest, then you had better write an engaging first chapter. But how exactly do you do that?

Since I’ve already provided resources on how to write a solid set of opening pages, and the big mistakes to avoid when writing your opening...

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First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

If you want to write a novel that hooks a reader’s interest, then you had better write an engaging first chapter. But how exactly do you do that?

Since I’ve already provided resources on how to write a solid set of opening pages, and the big mistakes to avoid when writing your opening...

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First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban

If you want to write a novel that hooks a reader’s interest, then you had better write an engaging first chapter. But how exactly do you do that?

Since I’ve already provided resources on how to write a solid set of opening pages, and the big mistakes to avoid when writing your opening...

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First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets

If you want to write a novel that hooks a reader’s interest, then you had better write an engaging first chapter. But how exactly do you do that?

Since I’ve already provided resources on how to write a solid set of opening pages, and the big mistakes to avoid when writing your opening...

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First Chapter Analysis: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone

If you want to write a novel that hooks a reader’s interest, then you had better write an engaging first chapter. But how exactly do you do that?

Since I’ve already provided resources on how to write a solid set of opening pages, and the big mistakes to avoid when writing your opening...

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Save the Cat! Beat Sheet: The Act Three Beats

In today’s post, we’re going to continue going through the 15 “beats” of Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! Story structure template. Specifically, we’re going to focus on the beats that make up the second half of act two, or the second half of the middle section of...

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