Writer's Notebook

Inquire and Explore

Context

Read the following story:


When did you get here?
A minute ago?
What happened? There?
In the bedroom? Yes?
Dead?
I think so.
Who?
You.
What? No.
Yes.
How did you know.
Wife.
Mine.
Yes.

Most readers will be able to figure out what happened.  But how? 

Readers think about the clues (a piece of evidence or information) and the context (the situation in which something happens).