I shall begin by stating the obvious. The first chapter is the most important chapter in a book. Think of it like a first date. Ugh, I know. Or, yea, how exciting! First dates can really suck or they can be really great much like first chapters.
Anticipation is high with both. You wear your most flattering clothing (showcase your most polished prose). You take your time with your hair and makeup (lots of pretty words, amazing metaphors, action verbs, etc.). You exhibit good manners and watch your language (nothing crude and rude) and you smile, laugh a lot at his jokes, drop witty comments (introduction of engaging characters and an immediate obstacle) and if you like him, flirt to make sure he KNOWS you’re interested ( you are always interested in the reader wanting to read more). If the first date is a success, then your obvious objective–date number two (chapter two)–should occur shortly thereafter.
In a nutshell, if you are writing chapter one, DON’T be boring, DON’T make it all about back-story, DO introduce an engaging, mysterious, funny, exciting, desperate character who is faced with conflict immediately. Boring people rarely get second dates. Boring first chapters often suffer a similar fate.
March 5, 2013 No Comments
So you want people to think you’re funny.
You want evidence in the form of a physical reaction to verify that YOU ARE SIMPLY HYSTERICAL.
A snort, a roar, a chuckle, a giggle, a guffah, a shriek, a snicker, a convulse, a cackle, a chortle, a whoop, even a LOL text will confirm for you that indeed, you are the King or Queen of making people laugh.
I say to you aspiring humor writers, Delivery is key.
Delivery is as important as the hilarious lines you had difficulty typing because you were cracking yourself up so bad you could barely see the page.
Delivery is the catapult, the mechnism that launches those hilarious lines straight at someone’s funny bone. Without it, your humor just sits there. Harmless. Impotent. Inactive. NOT FUNNY.
Ponder this revelation.
Then return to learn how to build a catapult to launch your nuggets of humor and obtain everlasting glory.
April 21, 2010 No Comments