In order to grab readers, you'll need to consider several specific types of hooks for your opening chapter. You may want to use one--or all of them.
Here is a first chapter checklist to help you provide the setup for a solid story and pique the curiosity of your readers with amazing hooks.
If you have the sadly sinking suspicion you might be beginning your story too late, consider the following six signs and solutions.
The Characteristic Moment is only half of a good character arc's opening. It still needs context. The Normal World provides that context.
First impressions do count. And your protagonist's Characteristic Moment is his first chance to impress your readers.