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Aug 09, 2016 · Hooking a reader is all about keeping them interested by using craft to paint a compelling picture. If you consider the ten items that help build tension and move the story forward, writers can weave a tale that keeps readers up at night and that is the magic in the best of relationships.
- Ann Garvin
Jan 20, 2010 · The last thing you want to do as a writer is annoy or bore people. Instead, try one of these 6 ways to hook your readers right off the bat: (N.B. One of the easiest ways to check out the opening pages of nearly any book you want is with the ‘Look Inside!‘ feature on Amazon.com.) 1. Make your readers wonder. Put a question in your readers ...
Apr 16, 2019 · Hook is a way by which an author captures the reader’s mind and keeps them as asking for more. This is the best approach for any writers/authors to grab the readers’ attention. Remember the hook needs to match with your story theme. Hooks can be in a form of sentence or a paragraph.
- Protagonist Goal
- Need-To-Know Information
- Specific Details
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First and foremost, something needs to be different in your story if you want to hook your reader. What’s the twist?
Kathryn pointed out that the brain uses emotion to gauge what’s important to us. In fiction, this means your character’s reactions to adversity will showthe reader what’s important to them. Put your protagonist in a difficult situation and show his reaction. What are your character’s fears? Needs? What do you want your reader to feel?
We’ve all heard this before, but only because it’s important. Your protagonist needs a goal. An agenda. And we need to know what it is early in the story. What does she desperately want or need to achieve before the story concludes? What internal and/or external issues are preventing her from getting it?
Discern what information the reader needsto know at the beginning. The tricky thing is figuring exactly what that is. Kathryn pointed out that while we believe readers need to know everything, in reality they require very little. One way to avoid the temptation of an information dump is to start the manuscript with the character doing or reacting to something.
Specific details enable the reader to visualize your story, which is necessary if you’re going to hook your reader. Consider how can you make your scenes as real as possible by using precise descriptions.
As I mentioned in # 2, your characters must face their demons and react. And eventually they must resolve the problem. Figure out the central conflict in your story and make sure it’s clear at the beginning.
Tom Clancy and Mark Twain said it- fiction has to make sense. There needs to be a cause and effect in your story. Would your character do XYZ in light of who they are? Kathryn used the example of one of her students who had his main character, who was a “desk jockey” who did nothing but type all day, suddenly able to climb a treacherous mountain. It simply didn’t make sense that he had those skills. Thankfully, this was easily resolved by giving the character training.
As with a lot of writing advice, most of these things are easier said than done—thankfully there are places you can turn for even more advice! Kathryn was heavily influenced by a book by Lisa Cron called Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the First Sentence. I read the opening chapters in Barnes & Noble, and it states that while technical writing ability is important, to get the reader to turn the page, you have to tell a good story. Her example? The Da Vinci Code—didn’t really have great writing yet sold millions of copies because it told a good story.May be worth checking out.
Nov 05, 2016 · Interest-grabbing introduction – Once the reader responds to the lure, whether the plot sounded promising or the book cover intrigued them, this is the part where you hook the reader. The first few lines are arguably the make or break point and in my opinion the hardest part to get right.
How to hook the reader in the first few lines of your letter. Before you create a subject line, which I strongly recommend composing after you finish the whole letter, think of the first two lines that will explain a recipient who you are and why you write. This is the best way to start a letter and demonstrate that you care about the reader ...
Missing a great hook sentence in the essay may cost you a high grade. To put it differently, thinking that hook for an essay is just the first sentence of the introductory paragraph is incorrect. The role of the quality hook is to grab the reader's attention and make him/her interested in reading the whole essay.
- Katherine O'chee
- Know Your Audience. One of the key steps to take before you can effectively ‘hook’ your reader into your narrative is to determine who this reader is.
- Know The Purpose of Your Narrative. What makes a narrative gripping are the profound or innovative messages it seeks to convey to the reader. Therefore, it’s helpful to incorporate an essence of your narrative’s message within the ‘hook’.
- Adopt a strong character voice. Considerations of character voice are necessary to writing a good hook. Characters are one of the central components of narratives and they’re the ones the readers come to care about.
- Use unusual imagery. Another feature of an effective hook is its ability to evoke imagery so strange or so beautiful to the tongue that it simply can’t escape the reader’s attention.