It’s late at night. You’ve just finished a book on your e-reader and are dying for something new to read. But how much time will you give a sample chapter to lure you in?
For me personally, I’ve found that new late-night reads need to hook me in five sentences or less, that way I can sink my teeth into them right away
I’ve chosen three excerpts from books I’ve loved that have ‘hooked me in five sentences or less‘. I’ll tell you why they appealed to me as a READERS and what we can take away as WRITERS.
From The Selection by Kiera Cass
AS A READER: I’m loving the title, and the fact that there is a mysterious letter. I love mail! I also immediately like this girl.
AS A WRITER: Right away we are hearing the MC’s voice and already know of a conflict brewing.
From Between Shade of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
They took me in my nightgown. Thinking back, the signs were there — family photos burned in the fireplace, Mother sewing her best silver into the lining of her coat late at night, and Papa not returning from work.
AS A READER: I can feel that this is a historical novel that sucks you into its time and place right away. I want to know what happens to this girl.
AS A WRITER: The MC’s voice, character, and family are introduced right away. You are also informed about into a huge conflict the MC faces.
From Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
“Wait — did you — You just yawned!” The vampire’s arms, raised over his head in the Classic Dracula pose, dropped to his sides. He pulled his exaggerated white fangs back behind his lips. “What, imminent death isn’t exciting enough for you?”
AS A READER: I can’t help it. I love paranormal. And I loved this because right away I knew it was different — it was funny!
AS A WRITER: The writer takes a normal subject and brings her own twist in a humorous way, enticing readers to read more and find out what her ‘different’ is all about.
What books have you read that have hooked you in five sentences or less?