Writing Class Notes: Beginning Hooks - Strategies to use to
catch your reader's attention. This is a post from my former blog "The Writer Today". I have added some new examples of beginning hooks from my favorite authors.
1. Begin with a
simile or a metaphor.
My life has been a carnival. My family is like an open book. NEW: Her bones were as delicate as Belleek china, her skin like ancient parchment stretched thin over aged, sinewy muscles formed during a life working the ranch. -Widow's Might by Sandra Brannan
3. Begin with a
Amiable is the best way to describe my personality: I am friendly and caring.
Perfect is the best adjective to describe me: I am flawless in every aspect of
4. Begin with a
“Learn to laugh” is something my kindergarten teacher told me after Ralph
Thorsen spilled paint on my daffodil picture. NEW: "No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver." There is none more blind than he who doesn't want to see. - The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho by Anjanette Delgado
5. Begin with a
comparison to a well-known person or celebrity: I am as photogenic as Tyra Banks.
6. Begin with placing
yourself in the future.
In the year 2016 I see myself as a supreme ballerina performing in Camelot at
the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
7. Begin with a
Deciding to attend Hampton Roads Academy, a private school, was one of my most
8. Begin with a
scene. NEW: "It was five o'clock on my forty-seventh birthday, I ushered my last patient to the front desk." - Standing On A Whale by B J Tiernan
9. Begin with the
best advice you have ever received.
“Butch, did you practice the piano?” Since I was six years old, this has been a
daily reminder from my dear mother. “Be all you can be” has been my inspiration
from my grandfather who is a retired Marine Corps colonel and my mentor.
10. Begin with an
As my cousin and I pedaled our new bikes to the beach, 6 years old, suntanned
and young, we met an old, shaggy-haired man weaving unsteadily on a battered
What type of beginning writing "hook" have you used?