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First Chapters: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (with Savannah Gilbo)

The third (and final!) analysis in a 3-part episode series! 

Abigail and Savannah return for their final first chapter analysis in The Hunger Games series, this time analyzing the first chapter (and scene) of MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins. Learn why they think this first chapter makes a splash, and how it emotionally pulls fans into the final chapter of a high stakes trilogy. 

Some key elements they explore include:

  • How can you spell out a crisis without stiffening the stakes? 
  • How does this first chapter set up expectations for the whole story? 
  • How do you write a scene that advances the plot and develops characters?
  • And more... 

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:

  • Mockingjay 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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