When writing, take a couple of sentences to set a scene. Immerse the reader in it. Build expectations, anticipation.
These two caught my eye as I browsed an online article early this morning:
“Water pipes gurgle worryingly in the hushed, gloomy room which is home to part of Germany’s national archive. The air is papery and sweet. Uniform, grey paper boxes, each stamped with a black reference number, are stacked floor to ceiling” – from ‘Auschwitz SS Trial: Will Hanning Case Be Germany’s Last?‘
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Some may argue that this is overboard – for an article that deals with a subject matter of such seriousness. Nevertheless, note the employment of one’s many senses. Immersive.
I liked it.