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Hook your audience from the start!

We challenge you to write the best opening you can dream up.  Be as detailed and original in your choices as possible and take a crack at those first five pages.  If you're feeling bold, perhaps even ten!

How can you write a cracking opening to make sure people keep watching, listening to or reading your story? We at the BBC Writersroom, will read the first ten pages of a script to decide if we should read further…

But did you know that for radio, you only have one minute of air time to grab the audience's attention. That's about one page of writing!

For online content, you only have six seconds…

So make strong choices and put them at the top of your script! That doesn't have to mean a car accident or explosion. It could be an intriguing character or a bizarre incident.

Please read and comment on the scripts and support the Writersroom community. The BBCWritersroom team will set you challenges each month, but we will not be involved in reading or giving notes.

Things to think about before you get writing:

  1. Character: who is the story about? How can you make an audience care about them in order to hook them into their story?
  2. Place: where are we? Be specific
  3. Genre: what's the style? Is it horror, period, dystopian future or fantasy?
  4. Audience: what would make you stick with the story? Put yourself in the audience's shoes. 

We challenge you to write the best opening you can dream up. Be as detailed and original in your choices as possible and take a crack at those first five pages. If you're feeling bold, perhaps even ten!

Start your script with the BBC Writersroom: Script Gym.

Please read and comment on the scripts and support the Writersroom community. The BBCWritersroom team will set you challenges each month, but we will not be involved in reading or giving notes.

You can also join the other Mixital writing communities, including Doctor Who and Class