If you’re anything like me, I have a hard time writing if I can’t get a story’s hook correct. It will bother the daylights out of me, so that I write a sentence or two, then go back and try to edit the first line, which usually results in having to hit the backspace button on the following sentences as well. Even the tried and true advice to write now and edit later is only minimally effective here.
Part of setting up an effective hook though is effective follow up. If the first sentence is the bait, the entire intro (whether it’s a prologue or chapter one) is the hook, and the two need to work exceptionally well together. In addition to walking the tightrope between setup and info dump, here are a few other things to consider weaving into your intro: Continue reading