What glues you to a story start to finish? That’s a great question, Rhobin.
I’m presently judging a book contest of published publics in two categories; contemporary and mainstream. I have to score each book according to a standardized score sheet. It covers hooks, plot, characters, conflict and endings plus a few other things. Some of them have really grabbed me. First they have a great hook. Then they reveal just enough information about the characters and/or plot to keep me reading to find out a little more. They skillfully develop their characters so I want to know what happens to them and they hook me at the end of each chapter so I decide to read just a few more pages. The plot intensifies, the stakes are raised and the narrative and dialogue progress the story. There are twists and turns that keep me guessing – and reading right to the end.
I’d like to think my stories meet all those pints. I aim for it.
As for what hooks I use to capture my readers – usually I try for a hook at the beginning that will grab the reader and make them want to read a few more pages. I also try to have a hook at the end of each chapter so the reader will turn a few more pages.Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
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