Fiction Writing Made Easy

#81: First Chapter Analysis: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

January 18, 2023 Savannah Gilbo Episode 81
#81: First Chapter Analysis: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
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Fiction Writing Made Easy
#81: First Chapter Analysis: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Jan 18, 2023 Episode 81
Savannah Gilbo

In today’s episode, we’re taking a deep dive into the first chapter of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. Join me and fellow developmental editor, Abigail Perry, as we talk through this popular contemporary romance. Here’s a preview of what we talk about:

[03:30] A very quick summary of the first chapter

[05:30] A macro analysis of the first chapter using 7 key questions from Paula Munier's book The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings

[28:15] A micro analysis of the scene within the chapter using the "5 Commandments of Storytelling" from The Story Grid

[55:15] Final thoughts and episode recap

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Show Notes

In today’s episode, we’re taking a deep dive into the first chapter of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. Join me and fellow developmental editor, Abigail Perry, as we talk through this popular contemporary romance. Here’s a preview of what we talk about:

[03:30] A very quick summary of the first chapter

[05:30] A macro analysis of the first chapter using 7 key questions from Paula Munier's book The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings

[28:15] A micro analysis of the scene within the chapter using the "5 Commandments of Storytelling" from The Story Grid

[55:15] Final thoughts and episode recap

Rate + Review + Follow on Apple Podcasts

"I love the Fiction Writing Made Easy podcast!" ← If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing this show! Your rating and review will help other writers find this podcast, and they're also super fun for me to go in and read. Just click here, scroll all the way to the bottom, tap five stars to rate the show, and then select "Write a Review." Be sure to let me know what your favorite part of the episode was, too! 

Also, if you haven't done so already, make sure you're following the podcast! I'll be adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed, and if you're not following the show, there's a good chance you'll miss them. Click here to follow now!

Links mentioned in this episode:


Interested in becoming a book coach? Author Accelerator has a free quiz you can take that tells you if you're a good fit for a career in book coaching. Click here to take the quiz and to learn more about Author Accelerator's Book Coach Certification program! 

Support the Show.

Looking for a transcript? If you’re listening on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, scroll down below the episode player until you see the transcript.