April 23, 2012
The April 2012 issue of Writer's Digest offers these seven tips for evaluating your hook:
"With each story you start, always remember that an effective hook needs to do seven things:
1. Grab the readers' attention.
2. Introduce a character readers care about.
3. Set the story's mood.
4. Establish the storyteller's voice.
5. Orient readers to the world of the protagonist (and enable them to picture it).
6. Lock in the genre.
7. End in a way that is both surprising and satisfying."
Happy reading and writing,