FOR THE PAST two weeks, the Hint has focused on jump lines. This week, a Hint about jumps.
Here it is:
When you jump a story, make your readers go to the jump. OK, now…we all know you can’t make readers do anything. Once the paper is in their hands, they’re in complete control.
But you can set up jumps so readers will be more likely to follow the story inside.
You do that by making sure the beginning of the story does not end on a complete sentence (right, above).
Give them a reason to jump. On the left, the final word is “Many.” Well, “Many” what? Your readers will have to go inside to find out.
Just what you wanted them to do.