Many years of journalist training, coupled with a modicum of propriety, make me wary of spelling out the following in full. But when it comes to the purpose of your first chapter, a little emphasis may be required. Here goes then: it is to make the reader give a f*£<.
Even after ghosting 60-plus books, I approach the first chapter of each one with mixed feelings. I am excited, since it generally indicates that I have enough interviews under my belt with the named author to finally get started at doing what I do best: writing. I also feel dread. I’m about to begin the process of agonising over how to get it just right. Oh, and I will also be very tired. Often, when I know I have this auspicious opening event coming up, I will dream opening paragraphs and then wake early in a panic lest I forget this incredible intro. (I always do).Read more “Getting started: The first chapter”