Brittany Boyd
March 04, 2017 8:47 am

Writing is hard. That’s something we all know to be true. You have to capture your audience’s attention, be coherent in your timelines and, above all, be more than entertaining. Marc Laidlaw, successful writer of such titles as Dad’s Nuke and The 37th Mandala has given use one creepy trick that will literally make any story better and help us all be more creative writers!

All you have to do is follow the first line of any story with…

Perhaps it’s a bit sadistic, but it definitely grabs your attention!

That’s why Twitter users have taken to applying #LaidlawsRule to children’s books.

The Cat in the Hat could have been a more dire situation, that’s for sure.

And it would completely change the Harry Potter series.

We couldn’t resist creating some of our own!

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. And then the murders began.Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans

It was an afternoon in late September. In the pleasant city of Stillwater, Mr. Popper, the house painter, was going home from work. And then the murders began.” Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Richard and Florence Atwater

Once there was a little girl called Sophie. She was having tea with her mummy in the kitchen. Suddenly there was a ring at the door. Sophie’s mummy said ‘I wonder who that could be?’ And then the murders began.The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr

Laidlaw has also been enthralled by all the feedback!

Keep writing and remember that sometimes creepy is both good and hilarious!