Several of us from Seekerville recently had the opportunity to serve as judges for Steena Holmes's opening hook contest, held on her blog, "Chocolate Reality." All the entries were intriguing, which made it hard to choose, but we finally settled on one really catchy opener, which you can read at Steena's blog.
Finding just the right opening hook for your story, novel, or article takes time, patience, and thought. Your first lines aren't the place to explain, pontificate, or bore your readers with backstory. Your goal is to snag their interest quickly and make them hungry to read on.
What's the catchiest opening line you've read in a novel lately? One of my favorites comes from Mary Connealy's The Husband Tree:
Belle Tanner pitched dirt right on Anthony's handsome, worthless face.
My Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jennifer AlLee has tackled a difficult subject with grace and sensitivity in this touching love story about how a young pastor and his estranged wife find healing for their marriage. Nick Shepherd did his best to serve his congregation, never realizing until it was too late how he had distanced himself from his wife. Maura Shepherd never felt as if she fit the "pastor's wife" mold, continually resisting the roles her congregation tried to thrust upon her. Separated for six years, now Nick and Maura have the chance to start over, thanks to the terms of a church parishioner's will. But first they must take an honest look at the mistakes each has made and learn to forgive.
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