This week’s video talks about one of the most common misconceptions about a great hook for your book’s beginning and shows you how to take grabbing your readers to the next level.
You know all about the hook for your book’s beginning, right? The hook is that tiny, important little bit of awe you plant in readers’ minds in the first chapter in order to hook their curiosity and reel them in, so they’ll keep reading. The single most important thing to understand about the hook is that it is fundamentally a question—whether implicit or explicit. We plant it in the readers’ minds, and it’s that resultant curiosity that draws them in and keeps them reading.
The hook is a tricky enough business all on its own. It’s hard coming up with a situation or implication fresh and interesting enough to grab readers. But it gets a little trickier—or less tricky, depending on how you look at it—because the hook can’t act on its own. The hook doesn’t live in isolation. It’s not a one-and-done kinda thing. You can’t just plant it in your first paragraph, call it good, and forget all about it. The hook isn’t a singular entity. There’s not just one of them. There has to be many of them, one right after the other.
Now obviously, this does make our job a little tougher, since we have to continue thinking of hooks—questions—to keep piquing our readers’ curiosity. But at the same time, it simplifies matters because it means the first hook we come up with doesn’t have to be monumental enough to keep readers’ attention, all by itself, throughout the entirety of the book.
Rather, the first hook just has to interest them long enough to get them to the next hook, which has to interest them long enough for them to reach and be once again entranced by the next hook—and so on, not just through the first chapter, but through the whole book.
What I want you to do today is take a look at the hook for your book’s beginning. Have you followed it up with another hook that’s just as great—and another and another? If so, you’re on your way to an awesome page-turner. If not, you know what to do!