Tell a dream, lose a reader

May 26, 2012 at 8:47 am (Beginners, Writing Advice)

Today’s article is by intern and author Hilary Smith. It’s a fact of life that writers love dreams (especially during National Novel Writing Month, or any other time a lot of words need to appear fast), and readers hate them.

Hilary writes three excellent reasons why dreams tend to be rubbish. One thing she forgets to mention: never ever ever use the “It was all a dream!” ending in any of your stories, especially at the climax. It’s cheating, and stupid, and everyone who reads the story will hate you forever. Also, if you think it’s a clever twist ending – you are wrong. It’s not clever, it’s not a twist, and it’s not an ending.


  1. Ann said,

    Your cat seems to be stalking some very small socks……

    • Louise Curtis said,

      Ann: Indeed. My favourite part is the look of badly-concealed terror at the sight of said socks.

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