How good are you filling in the blanks of a plot? If I said that to you that an hour after reading this blog post a dinosaur will come and try to eat you what would you expect to happen before then. If someone was reading a story about a blog post and it read – An hour after reading the blog post a dinosaur suddenly appeared and ate everyone – they would say, ‘what?’ However, if you gave them clues along the way then it would not be so unbelievable.
In addition to clues, you need to have a great opening, something that will hook the reader and make them want to read more. For example, ‘People thought dinosaurs were extinct but they were wrong’ or ‘The footprint was larger than any the scientist had ever seen, and it was fresh.’
Give it a go. What would you write?