HOW TO WRITE A GREAT OPENING CHAPTER: Like a ball bearing in a hand held catapult, a great opening chapter will pull the reader back and fire the through the rest of your novel. It needs to be a scene that is out of the ordinary, that grabs the reader’s attention and makes them sit up with wonder. So how do you do it?
(Chapter 6) At this god-awfully expensive hotel, I had to - you guessed it - wait for Brett. Nothing out of the ordinary there, "so I sat down and wrote some letters. They were not very good letters" but this was some mighty fine stationery (48). This hotel seems to make up for its inhibitive cost with quality service - if only Brett would do the same.
Titanic. Each chapter of the books is ended with a letter from one of the passengers on the Titanic describing plans to sail to New York for one reason or another. They are from all nationalities, in all walks of life, for all manner of reasons, and resonate with the utter pathos of how the ordinary becomes extraordinary through tragedy.
Eberwhite Woods from Chapter 3 of The Wintree Waltz: "On most days, the light would filter through the old-growth oaks and hickories, so that she was standing in a green, glowing room in the spring, and a piece of polished amber in the fall. It was a slight bit of magic in an otherwise ordinary day." Read more here: arborteas.com/summerreads