Hook the Reader

By, Dakota Bozell

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Have you ever wondered how you hook the reader?

It can be easy or it could be hard, you may need to ask other people about your writing, if you aren't sure about it.


I have wondered how and I am here to tell you all about it.

Curiosity is key

In other words, the desire to find out what happens next. That feeling of pleasure is actually a rush of dopamine (do-pa-mean). It urges us to keep reading until we find an answer.
This information is a game changer for writers. Especially given how often we're led to believe that "having a way with words" is what hooks readers. In other words are the handmaiden of the story

Dopamine

A chemical reaction in your brain that can reward you to read more when you use cliff hangers or something else and make them want ro read more.
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1. Surprises

Surprise gets our attention by defying our expectations. We're wired to immediately start figuring out what's going on.
That's exactly how a story grabs the readers attention: by instantly letting us know that all is not as it seems-and with a story most people stick to, starting with the opening sentence.
The reader's first question is: "what is this story really about?" What they're really asking is: "what problem does the protagonist (main character) have to solve, and what will he/she have to overcome to do it?" This is called the story problem and it defines the protagonist's story-long quest.

2. Make us feel it

Science has proved that the brain uses emotion, rather than reason, to gauge what matters to us and what doesn’t. Our feelings not some “objective” logic drive every choice we make. So it’s not surprising that when it comes to story, if we’re not feeling, we’re not reading. :O

In a compelling story the reader slips into the protagonist’s skin and becomes sensate – feeling what he/she feels, wanting what he/she wants, fearing what he/she fears.

This means that the protagonist must react to everything that happens, so we understand how he/she’s making sense of it. This is where the real story lies — it’s often reflected in the difference between what a character says,and what he/she’s really thinking.

3. Let us in on the protagonist's goal

Everyone has an agenda you, me, and every protagonist. We’re wired to be goal driven, and that’s a good thing.


Which is why we immediately need to know the protagonist’s agenda. In other words: What does he/she want? Even more important, why does he/she want it? And finally, what internal issue must he/she overcome to get it?


Why is this so important? Because everything that happens in the story gets its meaning and emotional weight based on whether it moves him/her closer to his/her goal, or further from it. If we don’t know what his/her goal is, we have no idea what anything adds up to, so the story is neutral.

4. Don't give us unneeded information

In other words, don't randomly give out information, you could give pieces of important information, but don't give out random information. If you give a piece or a whole part of information, make it fit in with the situation.

Outro: How Will You Use This?

You could use this in your story. Where else?