Brilliant Post on The art of the Hook in Writing.
I found this quote today. You have no idea how happy that makes me.
Anyone else learn about hooks in high school? You know, those one-line bits of magic that supposedly made your college application essay more interesting and enthralling to the poor brain-numbed grader?
Joking aside, hooks are in everything – or at least the concept of hooks is. A hook isn’t necessarily a one-liner. It can be an idea, a character, a world, a word, a situation, etc. By definition, your hook is whatever grabs your audience and pulls them into the story (hence the name).
I think of them as those big old stage hooks from Vaudeville days. Instead of pulling bad acts off the stage, however, they’re pulling recalcitrant audience members back to their seats (“And you’re gonna stay there until I’m done.”).
Hooks aren’t limited to the start of the story, but that’s…
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