Writing Chapter One can be tricky. I’ve been there, and I’ll be there again.
With each new book, crafting that opening scene is hard. After reading it over and over, your mind can be left a jumbling mess, but the process becomes easier with time.
I searched the top 6 books on Amazon, the category: Amazon Best Sellers in Teen and YA Books. I thought it would be interesting to look at their opening lines, as well as their opening scenes. Do they have anything in common?
The Top 6 Books
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Paper Boats by Dee Lestari
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
The Rise of Olympus (The Guardians of Olympus book one) by Robert Kauffman
180 Seconds by Jessica Park
5 Tips for Your Opening Scene
No matter what, don't let the opening scene stress you out. Write the first draft of your book, and then you can revise the opening scene AND the opening line if needed. One last tip: During your final revision, make sure your opening line is "active" and not "passive" by removing the word "was."
*Blog post originally posted on www.dawnhusted.com/tidbits/opening-lines-of-books
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