Writing different chapters present different challenges. Chapter 1 and concluding chapters can present unique challenges for sure. I would like to know your views on different chapters that you have either read or written and what challenges were presented and overcome. I will get the ball rolling and forgive me, I am going to use an established author as an example as I don't want to be accused of pumping myself and my WIP up! I will add my own experiences as the thread develops - promise! Yes, I do like to make a promise to the reader in the first chapter so that they have some idea of what to expect. Something Markus Zusack does extremley well in The Book Theif, although he is somewhat of a master. Ofcourse he was able to deliver on his promises and then some, which made for a very satisfying read in my opinion. He made many promises in the 1st Chapter and then throughout the book. At first I thought he has told me what was going to happen, but ofcourse his delivery was sublime. Very bold, very brave. He took a risk and it definatley paid off. Exert from chp 1 - Book Theif: 'It's just a small story really, about, among other things: a girl some words an accordianist some fanatical Germans a Jewsish fist fighter and quite alot of theivery Zusac goes on to tell the story of the above. The narrator is death and this gives a perculiar and strangley a very sweet and at times stirring delivery of the story. Anyway, enough about him. What about us! What do we do to deliver the 1st chapter or the 4th. The last chapter or the conclusion? What techniques work, what things must be included? Some examples maybe: Research Planning Plotting Introducing characters World building Backstory (yes it is important - in the right measure) Telling of the story The list goes on, and please feel welcome to add to it. What I am really interested to know is how do you make all of these things work together - as a chapter. Possibly most importantly, the chapters that you struggle(d) with would be most enlightening.