A hook is an opening sentence used to attract the reader’s attention so that they’ll continue to read on. In fact, there are variations of hooks used to captivate readers. Check out these five types!
Introducing a Metaphor or Simile:
The first type is one of metaphor and/or similes. This style engages readers by comparing two things that at first look may seem unrelated, and is often used to dramatize writing. Let’s take a look at metaphors first.
Her ex-boyfriend was a pig!
Her ex-boyfriend isn’t really a pig. However, pig describes the behavior/ attitude of her ex-boyfriend. These two things that seemed unconnected and unrelated, are now unified.
Whereas, a simile compares two things by using connecting words.
She devoured her meal like a scavenger of the earth.
In this sentence, the word ‘like’ is our connecting word, and the subject’s behavior is compared to the behavior of a scavenger.
The Fact or Statistic Hook:
Writing a fact or statistic hook, captivates readers by giving them credible information about a topic they’re interested in. Including facts that are interesting, relatable, and accurate plays a key role in engaging readers.
1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime, according to the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence, MCADSV.
This statement attracts readers that are interested in victim advocacy and women empowerment.
This is one of my favorite types of hooks. A descriptive style that draws a vivid scene or picture to captivate readers. This hook is widely used by authors wanting to immerse their readers in the worlds they create.
She screamed in pain, agony tearing through her flesh as she crawled through the woods.
This scene makes the reader inquisitive. What happened to the girl? And, what is she trying to escape from? It forces the reader to ask questions, and fills them with intrigue. Thus, they read on to uncover the mystery.
Using a Quotation:
A quotation hook is self-explanatory. Opening up with a quotation relatable to your topic helps draws readers. This method is often used to set the mood.
“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” George Patton
This quotation can be used as part of a motivational speech, to join the military or even hint at a perilous battlefield the protagonist must face. But pay attention! According to Suzanne Davis of Academic Writing Success, if you want to use a quotation for a hook, make sure you quote the words exactly. Tip: Choose quotations where the words are striking, powerful, and or memorable.
Using an Interesting Question:
Humans are inquisitive by nature. By posing a question to catch their interests, you are engaging them. Readers want more information to satisfy their curiosity, and so they continue. This style is commonly used in Rom-com’s in which absurd questions are asked only for the reader to find even more absurd answers.
“Why did Paige not quit life and moved in with all the wild raccoons?”
Hmm… well, we will never know until we read on!
All in all, hooks are writers’ secret weapons of destructions. It is through elaborate emotionally carefully placed words, writers can create worlds full of intrigue. Check out this cool source for more writing tips!