How do you hook the readers?
Especially on the opening of your novel? The first sentence....
So this has always been a challenge for me. I have wonderful prologues, I do, but the first sentence I feel like is just...mediocre. I stop and realize if that would hook me in on the first paragraph. I'm going to be honest right now: no.
I'm still early in the process of my first novel, so I need your advice readers: how do you hook them in?
I know you keep it simple, you introduce characters, have a punch-line, shock them, etc. but the problem is just that...I am not sure how to go about it.
What approach do you take? Or do you not worry about it as much?
I want to catch attention, I just don't know how to do it. So please, do share! It would really help me a lot. Any advice:
How can I make these words come to LIFE!
What would "hook" you in as a reader?
I have looked at a lot of different books over the last few days, making notes about the first line, but I don't want to be like everyone else; I have my own voice. But I do think it's critical to grab the attention of others. Agents need that hook; they have so many writers that want them so if they aren't hooked, they'll toss you aside. That's heartbreaking.
Anyway, I'm actually reading Stephen King On Writing, finally, and I must say, I really like it. He is a twisted, but brilliant man! My boyfriend loves his books. He just read The Shining; that movie freaked me out, but maybe it's time I read it.
WriteOnCon is still going well; maybe I thought of this post because in a live forum right now, they're critiquing sentence structure. So it helps me brainstorm if you will.
Happy Wednesday :)