May 17, 2017
By: Marilyn L. Davis
“. . . A good writer should draw the reader in by starting in the middle of the story with a hook, then go back and fill in what happened before the hook. Once you have the reader hooked, you can write whatever you want as you slowly reel them in.” ― Roland Smith Where’s the Bait?
Does the expression “hook the reader” qualify as a cliché? With over 28,499,999 posts written about how to hook readers, I think it does. Many of these posts offer sage advice on using catchy phrases that bait the hook, summaries that lure your readers, and images that capture their attention. Since clichés are part of our common language and culture, I thought it might be fun to issue a challenge to the readers, now that I’ve hooked you.
Did You Just Call me a Fish? Baiting and Hooking the Reader
I wasn’t about to abandon ship, even if I couldn’t sail. I searched high and low for opportunities to make a living, remembering some aspirations I had as a child, but alas, I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket and I’d always danced to the beat of a different drummer, so the bright lights and big city weren’t for me. Furthermore, I wasn’t the drop-dead, gorgeous, kick-ass girl I once was, and I was getting a little long in the tooth to consider an entirely fresh start, and the jury was still out whether I’d go back to counseling. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks; I had an ace in the hole.
Spock, Zinsser, and Morenberg
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