Top Tip Of The Week

The Shock Factor

Last week, I suggested using dialogue when you open your short story. Dialogue is an excellent way to begin and to involve your reader. Another effective way is to open with a statement. A one line statement makes the opening even stronger and can really draw your reader in. Here are some examples:

  • If I’d known I was going to die today, I’d have stayed in bed.
  • Matthew couldn’t believe it – his vile secret was out.
  • I’ve done something terrible and it can’t be undone.
  • As Sylvie fell from the building the strangest things whirled through her mind.



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One Response to Top Tip Of The Week

  1. yeseventhistoowillpass says:

    As Hemingway once said,”It’s easy, you sit down at your typewriter and bleed.” So true

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