Don't you just hate it when someone keeps reading your book?
Here are a few tips on how to stop that reader before the end of the first chapter. Heck, if you do it right, most readers won't read more than a few pages.
1. Start your story off with
* your main character eating popcorn and watching a movie or TV show in their living room. Give details of the movie's plot.
*your main character waking up, getting breakfast, and dressing for the day.
*your main character at her workplace or job doing something mundane that has nothing to do with the plot. Be sure to go into great detail to insure boredom!
*your main character running into a hot former flame but immediately leaving then spending many pages remembering how screwed up their relationship was. Whatever you do, don’t let those ex-lovers talk about those old times!
*a prologue that has little to do with the rest of the novel but gives lots of back story the reader will never really need.
*so much information about your worldbuilding and character's magical abilities that the reader is totally confused.
*introducing so many characters that the reader becomes hopelessly confused.
2. Make sure your first chapter has the right percentage of dialogue, narrative, and introspection.
10% or less: Narrative which includes action (John flinched as she wagged her finger in his face.), immediate emotional comments (Mary fought her desire to strangle him with his tie.), and description (Clothes littered the room like confetti at a ticker tape parade.).
10% or less: Dialogue, particularly dialogue that gives information ("I know that Mary murdered John! I hope they hang her."), shows conflict between characters ("You're a liar. Mary loved him. She was framed."), or moves the story forward. ("And I'll prove she didn't do it.")
80% or more: The viewpoint character's introspection about the past. Give that reader back story, internal whining, and emotional navel gazing until she is screaming for mercy and throwing that manuscript down!
3. Have the main character or characters wander around aimlessly with no goal or motives.
4. Have such poor grammar and spelling that no one can understand half of what you write.
5. Love your writing so much that it is impossible to cut out anything.