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First Chapters: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (with Savannah Gilbo)

A special episode that shares a part of Abigail and Savannah's latest Book Notes conversation! 

In this episode, Abigail and book coach companion Savannah Gilbo share a piece of their latest Book Notes Book Club meeting. Abigail and Savannah started Book Notes, their virtual book club, to teach fiction writers how to read like a writer by (a) reading and analyzing a bestselling book and (b) engaging in a craft-based discussion that spotlights specific elements in fiction that likely made it a popular read. 

Here, Abigail and Savannah discuss the first chapter of what they argue is V.E. Schwab's novel masterpiece, THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE. Although their full Book Notes discussion covers the entirety of the book—Abigail and Savannah do not think it would be fair to book club attendees if they shared the whole discussion—this episode features the part of that discussion that is their first chapter analysis.

Listen to hear what Abigail and Savannah thought about the first chapter's scene structure and how important details set up expectations for the big picture. If you want to learn how to read like a writer (and simultaneously improve your writing craft), you'll enjoy this episode! 

P.S. If you'd like to learn more about Book Notes, and/or join their next book club meeting, you can do so here.

The next Book Notes meeting is on: 

  • March 16, 2023 4pm PT / 7pm ET
  • We will study THE GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley


Other Resources to Check Out:

  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab 
  • The Writer's Guide to Beginnings by Paula Munier
  • Story Grid by Shawn Coyne 
  • Story by Robert McKee
  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley 


Follow Abigail and Savannah: | 

@abigailkperry | @savannah.gilbo 

And don't miss Savannah's amazing podcast, FICTION WRITING MADE EASY 



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