Hey thanks for stopping by here on your Saturday! I'm so so glad to have you. I"m still working on making rounds so if I haven't been by your blog yet, I'm getting there!
H is for Hook.
Nope, I don't mean going fishing, though as a little bit of trivia, I wear a charm around my neck that's shaped like a fat fish hook. It's carved from whale bone by the Chugach natives of Alaska. I got it when I was there two years ago and it has never left my neck. I love it.
But no that's not what I'm talking about today. I mean that hook that draws a reader in and hooks them so they can't put down the story. It's those first few pages that are so vital, and so tough to pull off.
Ever read Hooked by Les Edgerton? If not, and you're a writer, I highly recommend it. It's helped me a ton.
But today I want to direct you to a blog by a very talented writer. Back in January she read through all the entries on Nathan Bransford's Best First Paragraph contest. She then made a list of the commonalities that seemed to hold the paragraphs back and NOT hook the reader. Basically it's a list of what not to dos.
And it is so worth your while to read. If you're a writer of fiction and always on the lookout to improve your craft, Check out Elena Solodow's blog post here. Elena is also one of the 250 finalists in the ABNA contest and you can download the first few pages of her story for free on Amazon to see how she hooked the judges. Just check her blog for the link.
How about you? Any tricks for hooking a reader? Or if you don't write fiction, but read it, what is it about a story's first few pages that draws you in?