Finding the Hook in Writing
Kivi Leroux Miller reports:
"I write so much better and faster when I can identify the hook of the article or story early...Think of the hook as, well, the thing you hook your thinking on as you write the article. Or the thing that will hook your reader into going past the first sentence or two. It’s like the organizing principle that you write around. Or the most important point. Or the one-liner that you think everyone will want to tweet. It’s what snags both you and the readers into the piece. You may know that you have to write about a certain topic, but until you find your hook, you’ll just be rambling...Questions that many people have are great hooks...If you are telling a story that grabs your reader, they’ll want to hang on to see how it is resolved...If a person in the story is interesting, because the reader can relate to him or her or because the person is very different from the reader, that can work as a hook...Sometimes a direct quote from someone you interviewed really gets to the crux or heart of the matter and you can use that as your hook...People love Top Ten Lists, how-to articles, and Q & A interviews. These formats themselves are good hooks because of their popularity...A startling statistic can work as a hook too...Humor is a great hook, especially if people can relate to it in their own lives."
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