Hook for literature is simply the suspense embedded in your fiction. It is the embodiment of all the things that spike the interest of your readers. Books can be boring, tiring and exhausting. But you have to know the right places to put this hook before you even begin your stories. Over the next few weeks, we would be giving you details of these various hooks. But it would be very good to have an idea of where they are placed now.
- Title: these are the basic of stories. They are the first impression of many stories. The first thing readers get attracted to is your Book Title, well sometimes. But there are higher chances of them picking a story most times around the title of your story.
- Book Cover: your next hook is your book cover. Most times, it is always the first because most people see it before the title. The issue of book cover would be fully discussed on another page of this website (Writertain) and should be fully explored. But a great book cover can effectively change the way people see your books. Check the following book cover and tell me which one would easily hook the readers.
- Synopsis: synopsis is the summary of the story and should be fully utilized in making the story good. Most times, people just mumble up some words to introduce their books, and this is very bad for business. You cannot just write anything to describe your book cover. You must do so wisely and with the aim of introducing something beautiful and intriguing to people. Funnily, some set of people use their first chapter as a synopsis. While that is somewhat good, it is not advisable.
- First line: The first line, as well as the first paragraphs of your novel, should not by any chance yawn. Rather, it should make the readers very hungry for the next thing to come.
- The end of each chapter: never make the story end without much event in plan. It is never compulsory for something suspenseful to happen at the end of each chapter, but you must definitely leave some questions unanswered. This would excite the readers into being curious about what would happen next.
- The middle: many stories begin to get dragged in the middle of a lot of stories. I have read many reviews that show the people complaining about yawning middles. Try to avoid middle that drags event, especially when you’re trying to tell a backstory. Ever seen the way Buchi Emecheta tried that in ‘Joy of Motherhood’. Many people are still not good with these but can be. With regular practice, you can surely be the best.
All in all, the world of Novel-Writing revolves around suspense and readers’ hunger. Keep writing. You’re the best.