Five Ways to Hook a Reader
[Editor's Note: The reality is that many readers drop books or blog posts simply because the writer didn't ram a hook in them. Don't understand what I mean by a hook? Read The Writing Bug's advice on five ways to hook your reader. It's great advice for book writers and blog writers alike. --Mel]
The beginning chapters are critical for hooking the reader. I know this, you know this, this is a known thing. I thought my story started with a hook--it has action and character but where it falls short is hinting to what the story is about. After reading my first chapter, my daughter said, "It's interesting, I guess, but when do they get to the good part." The good part, my inciting incident doesn't happen till page 18. For a middle grade book, page 18 might be the kiss of death.
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