Posted on 07/01/2021 at 01:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

C.S. Lakin cannot emphasize enough how important it is start your novel strong.

And with hundreds of manuscript critiques under her belt, she has certainly noticed what keeps her attention (beyond the fact that she’s paid to critique the manuscripts, of course).

So even though the second half of Lakin’s post is to promote her services — something we don't share on our newswire, to avoid giving the impression that we're endorsing them — we’re sharing it because she provides a handy list of six crucial elements in a novel’s opening chapter in the beginning of the post.

In each bullet point, she links to further (free) resources to help you better understand and execute that technique.

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