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First Chapters: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Abigail sits down with Savannah Gilbo to discuss and analyze the first chapter of HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS.

This is an especially interesting conversation on first chapters since the first chapter of HPCOS is also the first chapter in the sequel to middle grade fantasy phenomenon, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE.

In it, they discuss the big picture for HPCOS using Paula Munier's seven key questions to analyze a first chapter—shortly followed by a debate: Does the the story event in the first chapter of COS work as a scene or a beat? And if it's a beat, does it take two chapters to cover the first scene in HPCOS?

This episode is a testament to why discussions about how a story (and a first chapter!) works are so important—by sharing our different perspectives, we continue to grow as writers, editors, publishers, literary agents, and storytellers. 

What do you think makes up the first scene in HPCOS? If you don't remember, feel free to read the first two chapters of HPCOS, and then join us in this lively conversation.  


P.S. Don't miss out on Savannah's amazing podcast for writers: FICTION WRITING MADE EASY

Savannah provides a wealth of knowledge and practical tips on writing every week. 



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