It's time to write some story beginnings! If anyone has a story they are working on, go back and look at the first page or two. Have you "hooked" your reader with one of the 7 techniques?
3. Thought or Feeling
5. Unusual Setting
6. Interesting Character
7. Sound Effect
If so, I'm sure we would all love to read the first few paragraphs of your story. Share! We can "guess the hook" you used (or if we can't find one, maybe help you come up with one). For those of you who do not have a work in progress but still want to participate, here is a writing prompt:
You (or another character) are walking along the beach when you discover a lifeboat that has washed ashore. Using what you’ve learned, begin a story that HOOKS your reader, so they want to keep reading.
Here are examples of how this can be done. I only wrote a couple of sentences. You should write at least a paragraph.
Action: Samantha saw it first. She tumbled down the side of the sand dune, raced across the beach, and nearly fell into the gray, weather-beaten lifeboat.
Dialogue or Question: “Come quick!” Samantha squealed when she saw the lifeboat. “Look what last night’s storm washed up.” She waved Julie over and peeked inside the boat. "Wow! What's this?"
Question-Thought-Feeling: Samantha stopped short when she found the lifeboat, half buried in the sand. What’s that? Her eyes widened, and a warm glow spread to her fingertips. It’s all mine, she thought. I found it first, and nobody better take it away!
Sound effect: Crash! The waves tossed the old, abandoned lifeboat against the rocks with a force that splintered the ancient wood.
Unusual setting: The cave was dark, and dripping wet from last night’s high tide. Behind a rock covered with orange and lavender starfish, a half-rotten lifeboat waited. It wasn’t just any lifeboat. This lifeboat had a story to tell—to anyone unlucky enough to discover its hiding place.