Three Ways to Hook Readers in Your Novel
Let's talk about that opening scene in your book. If you want to hook a reader, this is a pretty good place to do it. After all, the goal is to have your audience turning pages as fast as they can read, up all night with the desire to know MORE. Beyond having a catchy first sentence...
Your book's opening scene needs to do the important work of hooking your reader and pulling them into the story. Here are some ways to grab your reader right away. If done well, they can be quite powerful.
Strong narrative voice: This is the lens from which the story is being told. Usually (but not always), the voice is that of the character whose story we are following. This voice needs a clear tone and identity.
Orient the reader: Readers need context. Setting is a great place to start. Think of giving this in a way that uniquely (but clearly!) answers the where and when of the story.
Pose a question: Think of what your reader might want to know after the opening sentences. How can you tease intrigue, interest and/or surprise out by the end of the first scene?
Once your draft is complete, check to see if you've addressed each of these elements in a clear way.