Hook Your Reader

How writers can hook their readers

James Scott Bell in Plot And Structure tells us that opening lines must hook a reader. Open any Dean Koontz novel to find an excellent example of one line paragraphs with a named person and some sort of immediate interruption to normality. Not just anything, something dangerous or ominous. An interruption to normal life. Give readers a feeling of motion, of something happening or about to happen from the absolute first line.

Check this example from Dean Koontz’s Darkfall:
Penny Dawson woke and heard something moving furtively in the dark bedroom.


Dean introduces the character we are going to root for and slides in this delish hook so we have to read on to find out who or what is moving in the dark.

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