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First Chapters: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

We're back with book six!

Abigail sits down with certified editor and book coach Savannah Gilbo to discuss and analyze the first chapter of HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.

This is an extra special episode since HBP is Savannah's favorite book in the series—plus, both Abigail and Savannah agreed that this first chapter was the most difficult to analyze, at least so far in the series—which makes for a fun challenge and discussion.  

In this analysis, Abigail and Savannah discuss how the first chapter sets up expectations for the big picture and delivers a well-structured scene in the small picture. They use tools like the seven key questions to ask about first chapters, taken from Paula Munier's THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO BEGINNINGS, and Story Grid's five commandments of storytelling—along with other thoughts and opinions. 

 What do you think makes up the first chapter of HBP? We'd love to hear your perspective. 


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


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