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10 Cards in this Set

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Use of sense impressions to build up the picture – sights, sounds and smells to create tension.
...frayed rug, twisted picture frame, cracked telephone, creaky floorboards, wobbly table, broken chair, boxes piled high, dusty sheets, grimy glass bottles, odours, musty etc.
Use of ‘empty’ words to create suspense.
Compound sentences for flow.
I stooped low to prevent my head from hitting the wooden beam and reached out to steady my balance.
Dramatic ending sentence for a punchy cliffhanger.
But then it…
Use of darkness and cold to build suspense.
Chilled, frosty, icy, gloom, dimness, shadows
Powerful verbs.
Struggled, wedged, pushed, creaked, scratched, tapped, monotonous buzzing
Use of words to suggest decay and neglect.
Ruin, rot, disintegrate, dilapidated, derelict, decayed, deteriorated, worn.
Short simple sentence for clarity and dramatic impact.
The door creaked open.
Complex sentences for extra layers of meaning.
As I reached, I felt my hand touch something in the dim light.
Use of lists to create a maze in the darkness.
The tick and tick and tick of the clock seemed to echo in the darkness. The dusty, scratched face of the clock seemed unwelcoming and cold. The wooden, damp and musty smell lingered.