Read it? Good. It’s the most brilliant piece of writing advice I’ve read in years. How about that? The question mark is shaped like a hook. I’ve been taking some short stories I had drafted and subjected them to this treatment. What an eye opener. The sequel to “Highway 101” and “Bad History” that I wanted to write? Works so much better. Here’s how…
I can have that written in about 500 words. There’s about two pages of that which culminates in a rather abrupt (but dramatic) ending.
Would this work on a novel? Probably not. A novel is a little more involved, but it could work as a first step, once you have a firm idea for the story. Then you can do the outline for real.
It’s now a permanent part of my writing routine.