The opening hook of a novel is the most important part of the book. It engages the reader and makes her not want to put the book down.
Novelist Beth Hill has a list of suggestions that every writer should read. She wrote her post with detailed descritions and examples of how to open a novel and how not to start a book.
“What do you use for a hook and as a lure to capture your reader’s attention? Do you give the reader enough to snare him, or is your hook attractive for only a moment, too weak to grab the reader, too mild to pull him away from other interests?
Do you give him a hook strong enough to pull him into your story? Maybe he only watches as the lure passes by, not intrigued enough to follow.” Click here to read the rest of her informative post.
It is well worth the read.