Got this in my inbox today.
I’ll post a link with the great and detailed descriptions of each but here is the abbreviated list:
1) Resist Terror – NOTE: this one’s not genre related 🙂
2) Decide on tense and point of view
3) Choose a natural starting point.
4) Present a strong character right away.
5) Be sparing of setting.
6) Use carefully chosen detail to create immediacy.
7) Give it a mini-plot.
8) Be bold.
full article here: “5-star chapter one”