Follow my journey toward publication. Laugh, cry, point and stare-- it's all good. I'll leave a trail so that you, my fellow author, may have a straighter path to finding your own elusive publishing contract. Adventure awaits. Let's travel together...
Sunday, October 24, 2010
A Good Hook?
With Clash of the Titles focusing on Opening Pages these first two weeks, I'd like to find out from you- what makes a good opening or "hook"? What baits you? What do you personally look for in a book's first pages that make you want to take it with you and read it cover to cover?
For me, it's emotion. I want to become the character and feel what they feel. A good book's opening pages will immediately place me in the world of the main character- thinking like them, feeling like them. If I can feel the character I will want to follow the journey to its conclusion. It doesn't matter to me if that journey is grand or small-scale; past, present, or future; on a farm or on the moon. If I can step into the character's psyche, and it's "real", you've got me.
What about you? Please share what you love to find in the first couple pages of a good book!