So what shouldn’t you have in your first chapter?
A word of caution – these are not rules. I don’t like rules much. They’re sometimes limiting and sometimes they’re just statements said so many times people think they must be true. (Like never starting a paragraph with ‘and’ or ‘but’.)
But there are some cliches, some approaches that become very tired, especially for those people like agents and editors, who read more than their fair share of first chapters. I’ve written a blog for Savvy Authors giving my opinion about some things I don’t like in first chapters. Anything any of you might wish to add?