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Openings and Hooks--How to Hook Your Reader into Turning Pages with Kathy Otten

New for 2018 Openings and Hooks--How to Hook Your Reader into Turning Pages with Kathy Otten

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Structure, Genre, Plotting
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In fiction the opening is the most important part of the book. Readers often read the first page before deciding to buy a book. That page is the hook which lures them into reading the rest of your novel.

In this workshop we'll look and where to start your story and ways to keep your reader hooked until the very end.
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Openings and Hooks--Where to Start Your Story and How to Hook Your Reader into Turning Pages
In fiction the opening is the most important part of the book. Readers often read the first page before deciding to buy a book. That page is the hook which lures them into reading the rest of your novel. In this workshop we'll look and where to start your story and ways to keep your reader hooked until the very end.
Week One--Prologues? Yes or No?
A. Reasons Not to Write That Prologue
B. Reasons For a Prologue
Week Two--Openings
A. Goals of the Opening
B. Inciting Incident
C. Introducing Characters
Week Three--The Opening Hook
A. Red Flags
B. Opening Lines
Week Four--Keeping the Reader Hooked
A. Power Words
B. Chapter Hooks
C. Ending Lines
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Kathy Otten
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Kathy Otten has the patience of Job with all my questions. It comes down to the fact that openings and hooks are unique critters and require lots of practice. I suspect some authors wake up one day, write the perfect opening and hook and say, "By Jove, I've got it!" Jove and I are still huddling on mine. My favorite tip from Kathy was about ending sentences with power words. Too cool and way easier to accomplish (for me) than the opening and hook. Kathy, I must say, you've got me scanning books for opening hooks. I've found some golden nuggets, even sentences buried within the book that would make excellent hooks.I catch myself composing hooks for books I haven't even written! Thanks, Kathy!