Curiosity transitions?

Many of us can get a story started with a powerful first paragraph that prepares the reader for details to follow.

But the hardest part is the middle paragraphs. How do we keep the reader emotionally involved with the story as we lay out details which will be relevant later?

I’ve found that the easiest way is to build some level of “curiosity” in every paragraph’s final sentence. Below is a sample from Goldilocks and her encounter with the three bears.

“In the bears’ living room, Goldilocks sat in two large rocking chairs, but found them uncomfortable. Then she noticed a smaller one, just her size.

“She sat down in it, and noticed the arm rests were perfect for her height. She rocked for a moment, then noticed the stairway. What was on the second floor?”

Most readers start each story because they are curious. Can you keep them that way until your story or biography reaches the conclusion?

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A paragraph’s last sentence?

Seriously, how many articles have you read about the LAST SENTENCE in any paragraph? What’s so important about that?

Everything! That’s because readers won’t read the following paragraph if they’re not given a compelling reason.

So, think about it this way. To get folks interested in the next paragraph, create curiosity in that last sentence. Here are a couple of last-sentence examples:

“Where was that strange music coming from?”

“When I saw my report card I was absolutely astounded.”

If the last sentence is powerful enough — and creates a question in the reader’s mind — the reader should be excited to find out what happens in the next sentence.

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