The Dreaded First Chapter


That dreaded first chapter is the bain of my existence. I’m sure I’m not the only one that has this problem either (well, I hope I’m not alone in my misery, loneliness and despair and cruel adversaries afterall).

It’s always like an over-done crust on an otherwise palatable loaf. Every book I write I am met with these dreaded first pages. I try to keep them short, just so I can move on to more friendly climes, but still they haunt me like Marley’s ghost.

I’m not just talking about the infamous blank page here either, in fact I am referring to an issue that is the complete opposite of this. The scurge of over-editing. I always end up reworking this blooming chapter so many times that it ends up resembling all the editing finese of a toddler with an eraser.

As always, I will get it right, but its the thing of nightmares.


The Society of Incredible Stories – Book 1 – Update!

Greetings my fellow Blogotarians!

We are proud to announce today that book 1 of our upcoming trilogy, ‘The Society of Incredible Stories’ is in its final stages of readiness. Just a few dabs of ink on the last remaining illustrations (over 100 in all), and a tweak here and there to the prose, and all shall be complete.

For the moment, here is an etching of Augustus working on the final lines of the book.

Stay tuned for a release date though, for it shall be coming any day soon!

until next time,

The Babbington Brothers.


My Top 10 Writing Tips


We have all consumed many, many articles, books and videos on writing. More often than not they are a list of ten things to do to improve your writing. Well, this little article is no different, except I am going to try and give you ten tips you possibly haven’t read before, all of which come from my many years of writing experience.

So, here they are.

  1. Prose has rhythm, don’t drown it out with music.
  2. Don’t be boring.
  3. Have an internal narration voice.
  4. Say just enough to tell the story, set the scene and create drama.
  5. No excuses. If your work sucks, then fix it.
  6. Watch out for the dreaded saggy second act.
  7. Have your own special cosy place to write.
  8. Do everything in your power to make the reader care about your work.
  9. Unplug yourself from the internet.
  10. Whatever you do, finish that darn novel.

I hope this is of help to any other writers out there. These are the lessons I’ve learnt over the years. Honesty is your best allie, all of those tips above require you to be completely honest with yourself. If you find yourself saying ‘Yeah, but …’ then something is wrong with your writing, and not the reader. You need to go back and fix it. It’s a tough lesson to learn, but it’s also one of the most productive.

Until next time.

Augustus Babbington