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First Page Tips for Writers

First Page Tips for Writers

  1. START IN THE RIGHT SPOT: Just before the catalyst-that life-altering opportunity that changes the direction of your character's life.
  2. SHOW: Don't tell a backstory. Show it.
  3. TIGHTEN IT UP: Wordy writing drags the pace and creates more work for the reader.
  4. RAISE A QUESTION: Include one on the first page to engage curiosity.
  5. BUILD EMPATHY: For readers to fall in love with a story, they need to care about the character.


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 Things to avoid:

  • Repeated or unnecessary words and sentence structures
  • Reliance on dialogue to convey information to the reader
  • Characters using each others' names repeatedly in dialogue
  • Superfluous adverbs (he said angrily, she walked away quickly)
  • Too many adjectives (the puffy, white, cotton candy clouds)
  • Play-by-play-character movements that don't need to be included(picking things up, crossing rooms, standing and sitting, etc.)


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For readers to fall in love with a story, they need to care about the character. Lay that foundation using:

  • Protagonist Likability (via positive traits, talents, passions, & vulnerability)
  • Protagonist Relatability (via goals, emotions, wounds, or a missing need)
  • A Desperate Situation (via high stakes & a nasty villain or antagonist)
  • Intrigue (via questions & secrets)


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