10 Writing Hooks To Catch The Reader

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

2. Begin with a question.
Who is the greatest athlete of all times?

NEW: How on earth could I have let them talk me into it? - The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

3. Begin with a definition.
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 my life.

4. Begin with a quotation.
“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 dilemma.
Deciding to attend Hampton Roads Academy, a private school, was one of my most difficult decisions.

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 anecdote.
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 old bike.

What type of beginning writing "hook" have you used?


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