Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Anatomy of a Good Hook

Ever wonder how authors scribble those great opening one-liners? Perhaps you have a few favorite writers who always manage to grab you within the first sentence of their book? Have you unlocked the secret to creating an irresistible hook?

Oh, neither. Well, actually some of you may be quite good at coming up with an opening hook for your story. For me, the rest of the book is no problem, but that first sentence always feels contrived for me no matter how I work at it.

I know I've talked about this before, but I'm curious how others go about generating their “hooks” so to speak. What elements make a good hook? Surprise, suspense, foreshadowing...what ultimately engages a reader from the get-go?