Hook, Line and Winker

Robert Mangeot

Problems. Every writer has them, not least an opening that grabs a reader by the eyeballs. Setting, mood, point of view, conflict all packaged and launched just so, in two pages. But in a short story, two pages will have plowed deep into the proceedings, a sharp hook and set-up combined, every line serving both masters. Get the balance wrong, and the reader slips off that hook.

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