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Day 24


Welcome to Day 24 of Hooked on Writing, your free online writing course. This online workbook will help you create a writing habit in 31 days.

Resuscitation Required

Aim:

To remove boring sentences.

How:

  1. Look at these four sentences.
  2. Improve them drastically. They all need resuscitation.
    • Sunsets are nice at the beach.
    • A housewife’s work is never done.
    • He had never looked closely at his father-in-law.
    • The park is interesting at daybreak.
  1. Change them by using one of the five senses in each sentence.
  2. Name the characters spoken about.
  3. Use all of the resuscitated sentences in the beginning chapter of a crime novel.
  4. Start with:
    • The body washed up on the beach at dawn.
  1. Write something that makes us want to read more by using a hook.
  2. End with a cliffhanger, leaving us wondering what will happen next.
  3. Use third person, past tense.

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Result:

Empower boring sentences. Resuscitate clichés. Show a story. Make characters live, move, see, breathe, smell, touch and taste their way through the scene.

At Night

Use your writing journal here. Write ‘At Night’ at the top of a clean page. Free write or expand on the exercise you’ve completed today. (If you want to buy the downloadable workbook, which includes space for these exercises, you can get it in our store for only $20.)

 

 

‘The best style is the style you don’t notice.’ – W. Somerset Maugham

Day 25