Day 1 // Favorite First Chapters

The very first season of TEN DAYS OF WRITING has officially started, and we’re kicking off this thing with the theme of Beginnings (how fitting, Audrey)! Here’s how this is going to work:

Every day (from March 1st to 10th) a post about book beginnings will go up of AWA at precisely 8AM. (Yes, this is also a test to my self-discipline.)

Each post will tackle a branch of this wonderful theme and end with a little prompt or question to get you writing! You can set yourself a personal goal of how long or how many words you want to write each day during this challenge. (Personally, I’ve decided to challenge myself to write for half an hour every morning before work.)

*PLUS, you can take part in my personal wordcount tracker sheet, so we can all motivate ourselves to keep going!*

Here’s what’s on the menu for the ten days to come!

Ten days of writing


The following are some of my personal favorite first chapters ever. Since I’m a writer and reader of mostly YA fiction, the titles are pretty much all young adult fiction reads. I’ll be analyzing a few points for each chapter: point of view, length, and what I believe to be the biggest strenght of the chapter.

ONE: The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

POV: Katniss, first person, present tense

Length: 16 pages

Strengths: The tension built around the reaping, the last line: Primrose Everdeen

i volunteer

TWO: Caraval, Stephanie Garber

POV: Scarlett, third person,  tense

Length: 10 pages

Strengths: A series of letters, originality, the mystery around Caraval


THREE: The Fault in Our Stars

POV: Hazel, first person, past tense

Length: 19 pages

Strengths: Humour, Dialogues, Augustus Waters

a metaphor

FOUR: Shatter Me

POV: Juliette, first person, present tense

Length: 4 pages

Strengths: Voice, in the middle of a very bad predicament, originality in format


FIVE: All the Bright Places

POV: Finch, first person, present tense

Length: 15 pages

Strengths: Starting right at the top of the bell tower, ready to jump, Theodore Finch


SIX: The Book Thief

POV: Death (!!!) first person, present tense (later, past)

Length: 3 pages

Strengths: Unique POV and voice, unique format, UNIQUE

book thief


I tend to be drawn to books with a unique format at the beginning (The Book Thief, Shatter Me, Caraval), or when the stakes are high from the first chapter (The Hunger Games, All the Bright Places). And if there’s none of that, make me laugh. Make me fall in love with your characters (The Fault in Our Stars).

Let’s Write!

For the comment section below:

  1. Hi! What’s your name?
  2. What’s the genre of your WIP?
  3. What’s your favorite first chapter ever and why?
  4. Write about what you think makes a first chapter GREAT.

For your personal wordcount:

  1. Start a story (or chapter) in a different format than prose. (Letters, lists, text messages, video transcripts, epitaths! Play around with the form and have fun!)

Click here to keep track of your wordcount with me!

That’s it for today!

Now go write! 

Until tomorrow:


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  1. Dammit I just got chills thinking about the beginning of The Hunger Games – that first chapter was phenomenal! (And I may have to re-read them but I’m going to try to be a good girl and wait until next year because I have too many new books haha)

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