8 tips to lure in readers with your hook

Hi Fellow writers,

I am always thinking about what lures and keeps my readers reading my novels. It disappoints me when hearing that someone thought a certain part was slow.

My goal is to grab their attention, desiring to read on and on until the conclusion. Wanting to discover more by reaching for the second book of the series.

From such comments, I am learning and striving to work harder at keeping the hooks flowing.

Which is one reason why the first edition of The Fortune Seekers – Dan and Charlotte will re enter the market in a few weeks, after a full revision and update.

Ten months of work, but it is now a more concise and luring read.

It’s been a year of writing 101, as there is much to be learnt in our craft.

Hence, I am thrilled to forward this helpful NowNovel blog from Bridget.

May it also enlighten you.

Glennis

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Today’s post is all about writing strong hooks. Read examples of effective hooks from novels spanning literary fiction to murder mysteries to spy thrillers. Please share with anyone who might find these methods useful.

How to write a hook: 8 tips to lure in readers

Knowing how to write a hook is one of the key skills separating published from unpublished authors. Publishers want to know (among other things) that your book will appeal to an audience within the relevant market. How do you write a hook that makes readers lose track of time in book stores and library aisles?

1. Create unanswered, emotive questions

2. Front-load character actions and choices

3. Keep secondary details minimal

4. Make your reader care

5. Try simple thrills or chills

6. Exploit non-linear time for drama

7. Use pace, mystery and suspense

8. Read great authors’ hooks for insights

Knowing how to write a hook is one of the key skills separating published from unpublished authors. Publishers want to know (among other things) that your book will appeal to an audience within the relevant market. How do you write a hook that makes readers lose track of time in book stores and …

Keep writing!

Bridget

P.S. Share your hook for critique on the site if you’d like additional perspectives on how gripping it is.

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