What makes that you continue reading a story after reading the first episode? Does it need a cliffhanger at the end, or is that cliche/annoying? Is it neccesary that a lot of things happen in the first episode? Should everything that happens be interesting? I’m currently writing the first episode of my first story ever, and as you can see; I’m already stuck. Soooo, I need help
You should definitely put a cliffhanger. And don’t have multiple things happening, just let us get to know the setting, characters, plot with flow*
*Basically, if you have a fantasy story that takes place in a kingdom, try to show the lives of people that live outside/inside, MC’s struggless (if any) and conflict that starts the plot (breaks the monotone life chain)
I highly doubt you will, but a lot of people start their story with “I’m [name] and I’m # years old, I live in city, this is my best friend [bff], and we have a rival named [rival]”. It’s better if you show it rather than say it.
also dont rush to publish. a lot of people think its a good idea to publish as fast as they can. but actually its better you spend an extra week or two to make sure you dont have mistakes in the story.
people dont care if its get better later. they care what happens in chapter 1. and if chapter 1 suck we dont expect to become better .
I agree with @josiej8 on this! As annoying as cliff hangers are, it’s the only way to keep the readers hooked in the story. You should introduce the plot a bit as well like if the story was about a forbidden romance (cliché I know but it’s all I can think of right now) introduce the 2 characters and let the reader know why the can’t be together! It might be just me but I like to know what kind of story I’ve signed up for.