“Muck and Perspiration by Samuel Luk, age 12

against all odds

When we dream we go to a different world. Putting a dream in your story is a great way to use your imagination and to show how your character is feeling. It’s also a good method for raising suspense, especially if your reader thinks that what’s happening in the dream is actually happening in reality.

That night, Will tossed and turned on the bed of leaves. He couldn’t sleep because he was cold. There was silence all around him. His eyes flickered wide open as he heard, or thought he heard, a twig being snapped into two. There was something there, something dangerous. He didn’t know how he knew that, but he just knew. He got up cautiously. Then, he heard a growl and turned his head towards the sound. But just as he did, something leapt onto his chest.
“Don’t talk!” growled the wolf. Its eyes, as red as blood, looked into Will’s. Will sat there, petrified. He could tell from the wolf’s eyes that it had no mercy.
“You know you don’t have to be stranded on this island, don’t you?” growled the wolf.
“Stay away from me,” trembled Will.
“Brave, but not wise,” said the wolf, and it bit down.

From “Against All Odds”, published 2012

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