Monday, October 27, 2008

The Surprise Factor

Does your story include a surprise?

You might want to consider including one in your opening paragraphs if you haven't all ready. An unexpected incident or character reaction is a great way to grab the reader's attention pronto and keep them hooked on your writing. So, if you find your opening isn't catchy enough, think of what the average reader wouldn't be expecting, and utilize it to your advantage.

One of the biggest surprise openings I've read lately was in the opening of Cheryl Wyatt's A Soldier's Family, a Steeple Hill, Love Inspired novel. She opened with a crash landing. Not your typical start to a romance. Thriller/Suspense, yes, but not in a romance. She immediately surprised me, and thus caught my attention to keep reading and get to know her characters.

What ways have you found, or can think of, to surprise your reader? Feel free to share.



59 days left to reflect and celebrate our Saviour's birth.

1 comment:

Cheryl Wyatt said...


Thanks SO much for mentioning my book.

I'm honored and glad you enjoyed it.

Great blog post by the way!