Due to an extended lunch break, I’ve had some time to catch up on reading other blogs (for once in my life). Anyway, this one was pretty good. It had some pretty solid advice and it made me consider my own writing. Which is always good. Enjoy!
When used correctly, hooks are one of the most powerful ways a writer can keep a reader flipping pages well into the night. However, the majority of writers end up using them incorrectly. It’s important to realize why.
Hooks are the kind of tool that won’t hurt your writing if they aren’t used, but will help it greatly if they are. Do you want to propel your readers from one chapter to the next? Isn’t one of the most obvious signs of a great book the fact that you can’t put it down?
Nothing can propel people through a book like an engaging story – there’s no way around that – but combining an engaging story with a good hook means that even if it’s 4am and they have work tomorrow, readers will keep telling themselves ‘just one more chapter’ until the sun comes up.
The problem is that writers often confuse good…
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