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First Chapters: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (with Savannah Gilbo)

The second analysis in a 3-part episode series! 

Abigail and Savannah are back to analyze the first chapter of CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins, the sequel in The Hunger Games phenomenon, and the second analysis in The Hunger Games first chapter deep dive episodes. Come listen to why Abigail and Savannah think this first chapter hooks, and why it sets the stage for arguably their favorite book in the series. 

Some key elements they explore include:

  • How does the first chapter set up expectations for the whole book?
  • How can you break down scenes in the first chapter?
  • How do you raise the stakes in a sequel? 
  • How does each scene advance the plot and develop character(s)?
  • Why does this chapter ground readers and entice us to turn the page? 

P.S. If you'd like to learn more about how to start your manuscript with an engaging first chapter, check out the resources that inspired this episode's analysis:

  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • The Writer's Guide to Beginnings by Paula Munier 
  • Story Grid by Shawn Coyne
  • Story by Robert McKee 


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