1. Kessie says:

    Ah, the anatomy of the hook! Thanks for the article. Hooks are notoriously hard to write. 🙂

  2. Galadriel says:

    I really like how you analyzed the different approaches. One of my current stories begins with the lines:

    In fifteen minutes, at midnight on the thirteenth of Delution, the Guabancexian Parliament will execute the infamous criminal River Song.
    The Guabancexian Parliament believes that I am River Song.

    I think it has elements of mystery, but especially disorientation. Who is this nameless ‘I,’ and why has Parliment confused him/her with a war criminal they are planning to execute? The names suggest a speculative setting, opening more possibilites….
    or maybe I’m overanalyzing my own work. Oh well, no harm done.

  3. Great post, Fred. I like the way you gave the examples, then did an analysis incorporating them. Very fresh approach. Plus I thought you gave us writers a lot to think about.


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