With a breath and a pause.
Have you ever watched a daytime soap-opera? Now I think the shows are referred to as daytime drama. LOL
One of the most memorable moments were the ominous music indicating something had or was about to happen. To find out what, the viewer had to sit through a commercial.
How do I know this? Okay, I confess. As a young sleep-deprived mother, I watched a few daytime dramas. In the afternoon I rocked and begged my baby to take a nap while watching Days of Our Lives.
So you may ask, what does this have to do with my novel?
Use a dramatic pause to hook the reader. Make them want to turn the page and continue reading.
No need to trick a reader. Just drop in a dramatic pause that makes them think, wonder and want to hurry on.
I loved this post by Janice Hardy, Wait For It: Hook Lines and the Dramatic Pause. After reading her post, I rewrote my first page. There were a few places I could add a pause to hint at what was to come.
Have you tried or considered adding such a pause?
Did it help your hook?
Do let me know what you think about the article and the idea. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
PS: The dramatic music always woke her up. So, I spent a lot of time rocking. LOL
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