Need a hook? Who doesn’t?
Well, maybe a fish…but for willing fishes swimming the library seas,
hooks are much desired! So, how can you twirl one,
sharp enough to sink into a reader’s mind,
barbed enough to stick, until the final page
releases them back to the depths,
to search once again?
For starters, you can read
Janice Hardy’s blog post titled,
Five Ways to Hook Your Readers
As usual, I’ll give you a few details to wet your appetite,
but then, you really owe it to yourself (and your agent, and your publisher, and your readers!)
to check out her entire article and perhaps even follow her on Twitter!
This lady gets the point across in a pointed yet painless way…
First, she covers the basics. Yes, you need a hook.
Second, she pops a commonly held, yet mistaken, belief!
“A good hook has to be unique, right?”
Answer: Absolutely not!
Now that we’re over the desire to be unique, unusual, rare, surprising, and unexpected
in our “cast and snag,” Janice Hardy goes on to address five different types of hooks out there.
I found this exceptionally interesting, as a way to think about hooks…
The Protagonist Hook
The Core Conflict Hook
The Theme Hook
The Setting Hook
The Concept Hook
HINT: For a bit of distance, rather than thinking immediately about your own work,
consider focusing on your favorite books to read and what caught you and kept you
from page one to 236 or 189 or 452 or 631…or book #28 in the series!
Janice doesn’t just offer us one blog post.
Under each of these hook suggestions, she offers
a link to more on developing your protagonist or conflict, etc.
Want to grow your writing?
Expand the power of your pen?
Impress your agent and capture more readers?
Janice Hardy’s Fiction University
and…Take Your Writing to the Next Level!
Thank you, Janice!
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