25 things you need to know about writing the first chapter.
On his blog Terribleminds Chuck Wendig talks about 25 essential things you need to know about writing an opening chapter. I think an opening chapter is like a first impression. It sticks and you only get one chance to get it right. You have to convince the reader that his time will be spent worthwhile. I have pondered very long and very hard about my first chapter. Many of the things I concluded are written (much better than I ever could) down in this post. I think everyone who is busy with a story should take a peek.
For me an opening chapter is all about the hook. You need to force the reader to keep reading. I try to start my story by posing a question. I give the writer the promise that, in due time, the question will be answered. I wait with that answer and I hope so to keep the interest of my reader. Let me know about your technique in the comments below.