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How to Start a Story: 9 Brilliant Ways to Write the First Chapter (Part-2)

Knowing how to start a story so that you captivate readers’ attention from the first few paragraphs is key to writing a publishable book. There is a fine line between revealing intriguing information to hook your readers and giving away the story right from the first paragraph. Your first chapter should be all about creating …

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How to Start a Novel: 9 Unique Ways to Kickstart Your Story (Part 1):

In early 2017, I sent a fiction book proposal to seventeen literary agents. I read over a dozen guides on ‘how to start a novel, book proposal.’ I tweaked the synopsis to perfection and made sure my proposal met their submission guidelines. Outcome: Eleven agents rejected my proposal blatantly and six of them never replied. …

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