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First Chapters: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (with Savannah Gilbo)

This week, book coach and developmental editor Savannah Gilbo joins Abigail for a first chapter deep dive analysis of a Colleen Hoover mega-hit, UGLY LOVE. This is also a particularly special episode because it pulls a small clip from the first meeting of Savannah and Abigail's virtual book club, Book Notes. 

In this episode, you'll learn how the first chapter of UGLY LOVE gives readers insight into what the Big Picture is all about, and how it works as a well-structured scene that hooks readers. Some key details you'll hear include: 

  • What is this story really about and how does the first chapter hint at this?
  • How many scenes exist in this first chapter?
  • What does the structure of the scene look like?
  • How does each scene advance both plot and character?
  • Plus, more...

These first chapter deep dive analysis episodes are designed to help you, the burgeoning writer, learn how to improve and master your craft—especially if you want to polish your first pages before querying your dream agent.


Not sure what UGLY LOVE is about? Read this blurb from the book's back cover on Amazon:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn't think it's love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


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


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