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 50 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?
- Hooks should be inherent to the plot
- Hooks don’t always involve action, but they always set it up
- Hooks never waste time
- 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 someone break it down into easily absorbed pieces.
Until Next Time…