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8 story hook examples (how to grab attention)

A ‘hook’ in a story promises intrigue, entertainment and answers to the questions it raises. Far from the trickery of a bait and switch, a hook gives a true sense of what your reader can expect of your story’s pleasures. Explore great story hook examples and what they teach us about starting strong:

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How to start a book Story openings

Story openings: 10 lessons from hits of the 2000s

How do you write story openings that engage readers from page one? We look at the beginning paragraphs of books Literary Hub listed as defining books of the 2000s. What do they reveal about writing strong beginnings?

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How to start a book Story openings

Good story openings: 8 lessons from famous first lines

Good story openings are challenging to write but an invitingĀ or catchy first sentence reels readers into your fictional world. Here are 8 famous first lines that teach us how to begin a novel in style: