I’m not sure what the etiquette is on resurrecting old threads. I found one on opening hooks, but it was nearly two months old, so I thought I’d create a new one!
I’m sure we all know the importance of grabbing the reader’s attention right away. How for many readers the opening sentence or paragraph determines whether they’ll read the whole story. There are many ways to go about this: Introduce the protagonist. Raise a question. Provide some mystery or intrigue.
So let’s share our beginning hooks! And don’t forget to provide some brief but constructive feedback on the one above you.
Here’s mine, from my WIP, a contemporary romance from the POV of the male protagonist (a decidedly quirky guy who may be on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum):
She commandeered my car. To make a freaking Bed Bath & Beyond run.
I wish I could say I was surprised, but this is my mother we’re talking about.
I tried to tell her I didn’t need new dishes. Or new bath towels. Or cutesy throw pillows for the futon in the living room. I reminded her that I do, in fact, have a roommate, and even if he’s barely around, it’s still his place too. No matter. Once Maura Lipsky sets her mind to something, it’s a done deal. Protest in any form is futile.
That’s how I ended up taking the bus to the first Oregon Symphony rehearsal of the new season.