Hooking reader’s interest to keep reading – tough yet vital and a book with necessary hooks at the opening and peppered throughout is a sure shot winner.
Even if you write a novel with timelines or details that go past and future back to back swinging like a pendulum, at the back of your mind, you’ll know the entire story as a simple story. You might not really find a hook in the story as you are pretty involved in it, it takes a lot to discover the hook points, engage and communicate to the reader, pitch right and leave an impact.
BTW, the image was used to hook your attention.
Any reader would definitely start reading the book – start with a good attention seeking sentence or a scene that wants your reader to keep going.
End of a chapter is ideally the time for your reader to go for a coffee break, don’t let them do that. Lead more, giveaway a scene that would probably end in suspense and give the answer only in the next chapter. This will make your reader flip the page.
How to create a hook?
Start with a sentence that would prop a lot of questions in the mind of the user.
End a chapter with a scene that has elements left to discover in the next to understand the reactions of the consequences.
Add new tension when you’re about to exit a well-known predictable part of the story
If you don’t find an interesting scene, introduce a new character at the end of it.
Use time lapse and time lines to pendulum your reader back and forth, pepper hints throughout that are subtle but makes sense when referred back.
A reader should always chase something, with questions in mind. The whole story should be tied to a question that is as simple as a ‘why?’ with a journey worth it.
Use compelling narration as much to keep going, this helps in adding more elements and life to every character present in the story
Plot your novel, and plot your plot-twists as well, keep shuffling and place them in different orders, read and find the most intriguing part of it.
If someone went through a trauma which turned them into a different person and behave different at situations that remind them the trauma, the flow can be of either type:
Past trauma – different behaviour at a similar situation
Different behaviour throughout in a few scenes – Sudden leap that explodes the different behaviour – The actual trauma
In the above two types, the second has high chances of hooking the reader to the story giving a reason to keep reading than to leave a thin bookmark and move on to make coffee.