by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
Spring is so close we can almost
The thing I love about spring is that after so many gray days the sun finally warms the earth, and all the world is made anew.
Spring also seems to be a time when new ideas flood my mind. Ideas are great, but everyone knows it is how you execute that idea that makes a story. Good stories begin with a great hook. A hook grabs your reader and gets them to sit down and read. But how do you do that?
1. Start with an exclamation!
“Hi! I'm the bus driver. Listen, I've got to leave for a little while, so can you watch things for me until I get back? Thanks. Oh, and remember: Don't let the Pigeon drive the bus!”
~DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! By Mo Willems
2. Start with a question.
~BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR WHAT DO YOU SEE? Bill Martin Jr.
~A YOUNG MAN'S DANCE by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
4. Start by showing the setting.
~ MADELINE, by Ludwig Bemelmans
5. Start with Onomatopoeia.
~HIERONYMUS BETS AND HIS UNUSUAL PETS, by M.P. Robertson
6. Start with a repeat refrain.
“Before John was a jazz giant, he
heard hambones knocking on grandma's pots, Daddy strumming
the ukulele, and Mama cranking the phonograph.
Before John was a jazz giant, he heard steam engines whistling past...”
~BEFORE JOHN WAS A JAZZ GIANT, by Carol Boston Weatherford
7. Start with the main character.
~ART FROM HER HEART, FOLK ARTIST CLEMENTINE HUNTER, by Kathy Whitehead