Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Hook, Line, and Sinker
It’s not as easy as it sounds. The problem with a hook is that it builds an immediate expectation in the reader. This expectation must be handled with care or else the hook will backfire. In other words, make sure your hooks are more than just an obvious marketing ploy.
If your story starts with something full of action, such as a helicopter crash in your main character’s yard, don’t then embark in a ponderous backstory.
If your hook mentions fish raining from the sky, don’t then follow up with descriptions of your characters.
Keep it related and keep it consistent because follow through is the ‘line and sinker’ that will essentially make the reader allow themselves to be hooked.
Grab a reader’s attention with a clever opening line, and then follow it up. This is the best way to reel in your readers.
What are some of your favourite opening lines in books? (and do they follow through?)