Jul 17 2008

Writing Tip of the Day: Help the Reader Suspend His Disbelief

Published by at 10:11 pm under Writing Articles

I read a story today that started with the sentence “This story has to begin with a small lesson in geography.”  First, starting a story with a geography lesson will earn you an instant rejection (see question #8 under the fantasy subheading).  But I was almost as annoyed by the self-referential “this story.”  When you remind the reader he’s reading a book, it’s harder for him to immerse himself in the fantasy.

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