NEVER, NEVER, type the words Chapter One on your first page.
Let me ask you something. You’re at a friend’s house and are asked to tell them about the exciting trip you took to Bangkok last year. Do you start by saying “Chapter one”? Of course not, it’d be stifling. Remember, you are not writing a novel. You are telling a story to a friend. You ramble, you repeat, you mispronounce or misspell, you hesitate, doesn’t matter. Chances are what you begin with won’t end up being the first chapter anyway. Like I continuously say in my booklet,
JUST WRITE THE DAMN THING! Add the chapter breaks later.
(Many more ideas like the above in “A Guide to Writing & Publishing a Novel)
Richard L. Wren
IN HIS NEW CAREER AS AN AUTHOR, RICHARD DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS TALL, DARK, HANDSOME AND A LIAR. A FOURTH GENERATION CALIFORNIAN, A SAILOR, FATHER OF FOUR BEAUTIFUL AND SUPPORTIVE DAUGHTERS, AND HUSBAND TO ONE OF THE BEST WIVES OF ALL TIME. [MORE]