Writing Chapter One can be tricky. I’ve been there. I’ll be there again.
With each new book, crafting that opening scene is hard. After reading it over and over, my mind is left a jumbling mess. No matter how many people read my manuscript, I still question myself, but the process has become 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?
For more tips and advice, check out my interview with ML Keller in the YouTube video below. Her nickname is "The Manuscript Shredder.” She observes tons of opening pages and critiques them. During the interview, she gives a prime example of what not to do, plus how to fix it.
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
What Do They Have in Common?
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