Which fiction book are you reading at the moment? Are you enjoying it? If so, why? Why is that some books you can’t put down, and others you labour through with difficulty? You could also apply these questions to films or TV series.
Personally, I like to be transported to a different world, perspective and out of my reality. I find myself hooked when I’m not sure what to expect, when I’m feeling suspense. I’m held by something that makes me think and often appreciate the magical work that some people achieve with language. Sometimes, I just enjoy a novel concept. I know it’s working as I become fully immersed and get cross when I’m pulled back to the here and now.
At the moment I’m reading Small Gods by Terry Pratchett. I’m in love with the idea gods can’t exist unless there is someone to believe in them. I relish the time I’m reading it, and find it hard to put down. It’s funny, but I’m also pulled by the dilemmas facing the most unlikely of protagonists and I occupy a very different realm when I go there. After all, we don’t live on the back of a turtle.
Now, think about what you’ve learned by answering the questions for your own writing. How much of it do you apply to hook your readers? Kirsten Lamb, an author guru here in the blogosphere, suggests three ways to hook your reader and not lose them half way through your project. Applying it to the films, tv series and books I’ve read recently, I have an aha moment – of course, it’s so obvious once someone else has said it!