Hump Day Humor: I’m Giving Up the Hook – My Readers Aren’t Fish

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.



  1. I lost count after 78. Funny stuff here Marilyn. I think I’ve been around the block with you because I knew them all. And, I agree that we often get caught up in the writing “rules.” I’ve decided to give up on SEO and writing the formulaic blog headline. I’ve just gotta be me.

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    • Hi, Jayne. You, and me will just continue using Frank Sinatra’s message- we’ll just be us! Thanks for the comment and getting past some of your least favorites- “thinking outside the box” (reference to your equally funny Hump Day post).

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  2. Hi Marilyn – Such a cleverly crafted post using the very cliches you are railing against! 🙂 I’m with you – let’s drop the hook, we aren’t catching fish. I believe that your authentic, original and creative posts are indeed standing out!
    Oh and by the way, I too have ridden many turnip trucks – just ask my kids. More times than they cared to – they heard me exclaim (usually in response to one of their latest escapades), “Do I look like I just fell off the turnip truck!??” lol!
    Enjoyed your post, Marilyn!

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  3. My goodness Marilyn! You had me hook, line, and sinker. I really had to think outside the box to penetrate this ole noggin. I always wondered if writing would be a drop in the bucket? You have proven time and time again, writing is possible if you put your mind too it. Just saying. 🙂


  4. I counted 728,000 cliches in this posting. Over the weekend I’m going to take my fishy friends to see the movie “Guardians of The Galaxy” and we will write a review of the movie. Was that a hook?

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    • Hi, Tim. I suppose the 728,000 could qualify if it was about letters. However, even I couldn’t write 728,000 cliches in a single post – I don’t know that many! Thanks for your comment, though, and I’ll wait with baited breath for your review. (Okay, I’m going to leave the fish stuff alone for today).

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