7 Ways to Hook Your Reader: The most important trick to get people interested in reading your article or story is by making the first part of your introduction engaging. The best way to do this is with attention-grabbing attachment hooks. So what’s the catch? The text at the beginning of the article or story usually grabs the reader’s attention. A hook is usually a sentence or group of sentences that directs people to read your article or story or it raise a curiosity to know more. Hook piques curiosity. When you write a compelling story, you’ve taken the first step toward getting them hooked on your writing.

Interesting Question Hook

An interesting question hook is when you raise a question for your readers to bother about. The only way to know the answer to this question is to read your writing.  People are curious. When we hear or read questions, we want answers. If you don’t have an answer, you have to look it up. So starting your article or story with a question hook signals that you will provide an answer if the reader continues reading. Below are some interesting question mark examples for academic success.

What is the difference between successful and unsuccessful college students?  The purpose of this essay hook is to learn what successful college students are doing and what unsuccessful college students are doing wrong.

7 Ways to Hook Your Reader
7 Ways to Hook Your Reader

Powerful Statement/Declaration Hooks

A powerful statement hook is a phrase that makes an assertive statement about a topic. It leads to a dissertation statement and shows the importance of your article or work. Strong statements are a good technique because it doesn’t matter if the reader agrees with your statement. They will want to see you back up your statement. This is an example of a strong statement about vegan nutrition.

Vegans are the healthiest group in the world.

This statement either supports your claim about a vegan diet or you want to disagree (especially if you like meat). Either way, you’re curious what the author has to say.

Fact/Stat hooks

Facts and statistics engage readers because they provide real information about the topic. You can impress your readers with knowledge and evidence right from the start. However, you should provide accurate, interesting, and reliable facts. Evaluate the information and make sure it comes from a reliable source.

This is an example of a factual hook for an essay on gun ownership in the United States. Nearly two-thirds of her American adults live in at least one of her gun-toting households at some point in her life.

7 Ways to Hook Your Reader
7 Ways to Hook Your Reader

Metaphor/Simile Hooks

Metaphor/simile hooks engage readers because they make them think about a topic differently. The audience is wondering what you mean and how you compare the topic to seemingly unrelated things. A metaphor is a metaphor that directly compares one thing to another, but the two seem unrelated.

Example metaphor: Your friend is a mouse. (A friend isn’t a mouse, but he behaves like one.)

If the topic of the article is business related.

A business blog is a magnet that draws customers to your company.

Both compare two unrelated things.

Story hook

This is a hook that starts with a short story or episode related to the topic. Readers love stories, especially memorable and well-written stories. The key to a good story hook is to have your story lead directly to the topic of your essay or paper. Your story can be personal or someone else’s story. Below is an example story hook for an essay on the differences between British and American English.

I told the story of my trip to England. 

“I got off the train and dragged my luggage behind me.

The taxi stopped at the curb and the driver got out.

He took my luggage and said, “Miss, I’m just putting your luggage in the trunk.” I didn’t know what you were doing.

Then I realized that trunk means trunk.

I got into a cab and wondered how many other words are different in England.”

You can see that this story hook is longer than other types of essay hooks. Good. Hooks can be long, but they shouldn’t take up much of your essay or work. Compare the hook length to the attachment length. Also, consider your audience, especially the academic audience. “Can I use Story Her hooks in this class?” If you’re not sure, ask your teacher or professor, or choose a different hook type. 6.

7 Ways to Hook Your Reader
7 Ways to Hook Your Reader

Explanation Hook

This is a hook where a vivid description of a scene draws the reader into your writing. A good explanatory hook hooks the reader into understanding what is next in your writing. Although most popular in narrative essays, writing hooks can be used in any kind of writing (even academic papers). However, like story hooks, ask yourself, “Will this instruction hook be acceptable for this course?”

Below is an example of a description hook for a personal essay on dog rescue.

The dog barked in pain and limped along the roadside. His leg was cut open and blood ran down his leg.

Doesn’t this scene make you wonder what happens to the dog?

Citation Hook

This is a hook that starts an article or story with a citation. It can be a quote from a famous person, but it doesn’t have to be. Anyone can cite anything relevant to what you are writing. If you use a quote on your hanger, quote the words exactly. Choose a quote that is wordy, powerful, and/or memorable.

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