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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

What does a book hook have to include?

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    A book hook needs to include excitement and you have to persuade the author to read the book. A book hook can't give away the ending of the book but instead it tells little interesting parts that make a person want to go read the book.

  • 1 decade ago

    There's nothing it HAS to include, really. It depends on the story, and the feel you want to achieve. You might start with a character doing an action, or with setting up a very visual scene. You might also want to start with a monologue by the main character, a background character, or a narrator, that gets you interested in the character, or in what's to come.

    I'd say, though, avoid just describing what your character looks like.

    For example "Johnathon had black hair, and liked to wear dark clothes. He was 5'9'', and very skinny. Today, he was wearing a black...."

    That's a very overused beginning, especially with new writers, and it has very little effect.

    If you really can't find a hook, try writing the story first. Sometimes its good to add a hook in afterwords.

    Source(s): Writing
  • Rae
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Anything that captures the readers attention.

    Think of the hook as like the hook you use when fishing. If you add bait to it, it'll attract more fish than scare away, right? So your hook should be something appealing to the reader that makes them want to continue reading.

  • 1 decade ago

    It needs to be interesting... it needs to give a piece of what the rest of the book will be and it needs to make the reader as a question... like "Who's Johnny?" "Where's that"....

    One way to write one, is write a really stupid one, then go work on the rest of the book and then every once in a while go back and fix it.

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  • .
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    When you go to the book store, open the first page of a stephen king novel, or stephenie meyer, or rowling. Keep opening the very first pages of novels and ask yourself WHY you chose to continue reading. What about that first paragraph or sentence peaked your interest?

    Then come to yahoo authors and books and read some of this stuff and ask yourself WHY you chose NOT to continue.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    errr words? XD

  • 1 decade ago

    whats that

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