You've got a great idea for a story, but...
1. how can you capture a reader's interest and
2. how can you KEEP that reader reading?
You need good leads, or what I call GREAT Killer Hooks!
A great Killer Hook...
- Gives the reader a hint about what kind of story follows. (Is it funny fiction, an essay, a historical novel, science fiction, fantasy?)
- Doesn’t tell the reader too much at once.
- Leads the reader to what comes next.
- Suggests what’s to come.
- Keeps the reader wondering.
- Surprises the reader.
- Appears at the beginning, end, or in the middle.
It turns out I do have a talent—a talent for getting even. Tomorrow night That Kid will be very sorry he was mean to me.
SAMANTHA HANSEN HAS ROCKS IN HER HEAD by ME, Nancy Viau/novel
Where’s Papa going with that ax?
I love being fancy.
FANCY NANCY by Jane O’Connor/picture book
Now, it's your turn. Really, really, reallllllly think about the sentences you are writing. Can you change a few words in those sentences to make them leads?