Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Hooks

 
Before we go too much further, I want to mention hooks.

It used to be you had to hook the reader within the first three pages, then it was the first couple paragraphs, and now it’s the first line. It’s more important than ever to draw the reader in emotionally, to peak their interest, intimately.

Let’s take a minute to read some opening lines to famous novels and see if you notice any similarities…

 

Craft of Writing Course Outline
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Intro
The Beginning
Vital Whispers
Story Building
Groundbreaking Stories
Your Sanctuary
Expectations
Foreshadowing
Suspended Disbelief
CWHO
Character
Wanted
However
Ongoing
The Plot Skeleton
Keeping the Reader’s Interest
Suspense
Arcs and the Plot
Supporting Characters
The Three Parts of Writing
Who’s Showing the Story?
Narrative Voice
Hooks
Crafting Sentences and Paragraphs
Descriptions
Dialogue
Show Don’t Tell
Flowing Choreography
Characterizing
Metaphors
Nonfiction
Commas
Making Your Writing Soulful
Driving Your Story Forward
Setting Tempo
The Payoff
Self-Editing Your Work
Final Thoughts
Write Your Best Story—Learn How Today
Prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

 
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