5 Worst First Chapter Pet Peeves

Lately, I find myself starting a ton of new books and starting new ones before I finish them, and I realized that’s because for me, first chapters are CRAZY IMPORTANT.

If you don’t hook me in the first paragraph of your book, or at least the first chapter, there’s a good chance I’ll start reading something else, because let’s be real: this ain’t 1895 with only 5 fiction books at the library, folks.

THERE ARE TONS OF BOOKS OUT THERE, PEOPLE, AND I GET ANXIETY ATTACKS WHEN I THINK I WON’T BE ABLE TO READ THEM ALL.

That being said.

I’ve gathered my five worst first chapter pet peeves that will probably make me start reading something else when I come across them, and here they are.

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something good

i think of summers so free and wild i couldn’t hold it in

i acted precisely as i felt the second i felt it

and i never gave a damn

what they might think of me

 

i loved the absolute knowledge i bathed in

that wherever i spent the night escaping

fuzzy drinking madly dancing

i could end up in your arms

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7 Lines from my WIP

I felt like sharing some of my favorite lines from my story Dean & Lily! Even though I’ve postponed the release of Season 2 because I got an agent (bragging) and I’m focussing on another manuscript (busy busy), I’m still in the middle of writing and editing seasons 3 to 5 and the characters keep haunting me on a daily basis (help, plis). 

So I thought I’d give them some attention and let them speak today. Here are 7 snippets from various seasons of Dean & Lily:

ONE

Dean drags me into a dark boutique, hides us inside a changing room, and grabs my face with one firm hand. That’s when I realize I’m hyperventilating.

“Hey, hey, look at me.”

I shake my head, panting. “I don’t want to be holding a gun.”

– Season 2

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2018 in Writing

Funny how it felt like I hadn’t accomplished that much in the writing department this year, and when I sat down to make a list I realized it’s been an awesome year! Here are some of the highlights:

1. I got an agent!

I still can’t believe it. An actual agent is willing to represent my manuscript Devonna. HOW COOL IS THAT?

highfivingangels

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Night at the Asylum – Hours 8-10

Written by Nimika Bhatnagar, from wordhaven,

and Audrey Francis-Plante, from audreywritesabroad

HOUR 8

“Okay, okay,” I mutter to myself as I walk toward the next room. “Calm down. It was all in your head. It’s all just in your head.”

It’s in your head.

It’s in your head.

It’s in your head.

 

I cross the hole in a wall where a door used to stand and step into a corridor with about five doors on each side of it. I open the first door on my right.

 

He’s in my room.

 

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Song of the Black City // Looking for Fellow Wattpad Writers

500 words

Fantasy

Excerpt of a WIP

Written by Audrey Francis-Plante

Hello lovely readers!

I’m considering writing a short novel on Wattpad and I wondered if any of you guys were already on it? I’m looking for pieces of advice, fellow writers to follow, and I want to discover new stories, so if you’re on wattpad and writing fantasy, sci-fi, young adult, let me know in the comments, we should be friends! 😀

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Editing a Short Story – Before & After

Editing is weird.

Part of me really hates it because work bleeehhh.

Part of me really loves it because the satisfaction in stripping down a piece of writing and making it sound much better is just addictive. So addictive in fact that it’s hard to take a step back from the work and realize that it’s as close as finished as it can be.

I recently edited a short story of mine, Pink Hair, Red Blood, and I felt like sharing an excerpt of the edited version with you guys. Just cause.

So here goes.

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