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Pantsing versus plotting. This topic comes up a lot in the writing world.

Let’s start with what these two terms mean. Pantsing refers to jumping into a novel without having a plan for what will happen (writing by the seat of your pants), whereas plotting is all about, you guessed it, plotting your novel and going in with a good idea of what will happen.

A lot of writers pick one side or the other. You can be a plotter or a pantser, but I think finding the balance of both can really be the key to writing successfully.

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First chapters are the hardest to write. So much weighs on the first chapter. For many readers, if the opening of the novel isn’t exciting they won’t continue reading. This can mean that your book will lose readers quickly and that is the opposite of what you want!

There’s really no clear way to write a great first chapter. There are heaps of factors that can affect this chapter but it’s definitely something you have to put some effort into!

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