H is for Hook

“Every Hthing should be designed to get the reader to the next step. The first sentence to the first paragraph, the first paragraph to the first page, the first page to the first chapter.”

“The problem with a shock opening is you either need to keep the book at that level the whole time or there will be a down dip. Intrigue is always a better choice than shock. Intrigue about a character or about the plot.”

“The hook has to be integral to the story but not give the story away.”

“Suspense is about what’s coming next, not about what’s going on now.”

“Do not require the reader to have read the story to understand the first line.”

-Catching Readers, Hook, Line, and Sinker Panel