Four Things to Understand About Hooks

Jens Thoughts

I’m currently reading K.M. Weiland’s “Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing An Outstanding Story”.  This is a great resource and even better paired with the workbook. If you have novel  idea50 million thoughts running through your head, it’s a great way to flush out the important and valuable ones for your story.

Here’s an excerpt from her book and what a hook should contain. The book gives several examples as well.

“So what can we learn from these masterful hooks?

  1. Hooks should be inherent to the plot
  2. Hooks don’t always involve action, but they always set it up
  3. Hooks never waste time
  4. Hooks almost always pull double or triple duty in introducing character, conflict, and plot – and even setting and theme.”

I also enjoy the simplicity of her writing and explanations. I tend to get bombarded with writing advice, rules, and “how to’s” that it’s a breath of fresh air to have…

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