Hooking interest with a killer hook

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Between two marketing campaigns, a video, a cousin’s wedding, and a best friend coming into town, I didn’t write a new post this week.

The I in AIDA

HOWEVER – my absence is your excellent opportunity to learn (or review)  how to write a hook – that thing that’s going to grab the interest of friends at cocktail parties, literary agents in query letters, and bookstore browsers who glance at the back cover.

This post explains what a hook is, how to write one, and how you’ll know when you’ve written a good one.

This post gives examples of hooks that will help you write yours.

Have fun, and if you like, post your hook in the comments for some feedback!

About Stephanie Orges

Stephanie is an award-winning copywriter, aspiring novelist, and barely passable ukulele player. Here, she offers writing prompts, tips, and moderate-to-deep philosophical discussions. You can also find her on and Pinterest.
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8 Comments

  1. Oh this is the hardest for me. I really need to write one. My son asked me just what my book was about lol and I had a hard time pinning it down. I’m sure this post will help…

  2. Having a hook… I have to admit, it’s a concept I completely understand, but can rarely ever maintain in my writing beyond a point because once I start and get in the zone I just pretty much stream-of-consciousness it all except for the occassional station where something strikes me and the train slows or halts for a moment. 😀

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