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First Chapters: Remarkably Bright Creatures (with Savannah Gilbo)

Abigail and Savannah analyze the first chapter of the bestselling and award-winning novel REMARKABLY BRIGHt CREATURES by Shelby Van Pelt. This was one of Abigail's favorite reads in 2023, and there are great reasons it received (and continues to receive) such hype!

Together, Abigail and Savannah discuss why these opening pages hook readers and set up big picture expectations for the story. Some key elements they take deep dives on include:

  • 7 Key questions to analyze that set up big picture expectations
  • Voice and "attitude" in POV and narratives 
  • Character development and relationships
  • Small details that work as great set ups for big pay offs
  • Plus, more!

Come study this popular book club fiction novel with Savannah and Abigail and let us know why you think the opening pages hook readers. 

P.S. Do you enjoy analyzing stories and the writing craft? Learn more about Savannah and Abigail's virtual book club, Book Notes. Sign up for their next meeting or purchase a recording of a past meeting >>  


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Resources mentioned in this episode:
 Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
 The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings: How to Craft Story Openings That Sell by Paula Munier


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