How to Hook Your Reader: An Explanation


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Explanation (Hooking your reader)

From the very first sentence, a story must revolve around how someone solves an unexpected problem that no matter how hard they try, they simply can't avoid. So what's not surprising at the very first question that's always in the back of our brain--whether we are aware of it or not--when we begin reading a novel or watching a movie is what rapidly escalating problem will the protagonist have to deal with? It's something the reader needs to sense from the get-go. And nothing grabs the brain quicker than a surprise.

That's what ignites our curiosity, after all. If we sense that something isn't quite right, it instantly makes us wonder what's really going on here? So the question is how do you convey this from the very beginning? The answer is by providing the three things that the reader's brain instantly hunts for. Whose story is this? What's happening here? And what is at stake? First, it's important to know from the very beginning whose story it...

Explanation (Hooking your reader)
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Explanation (Hooking your reader) provides you with in-depth training on Business. Taught by Lisa Cron as part of the Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story

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