Hooks,Leads, and Grabbers

In the beginning of your story may be the most important part. This is your reader's first impression of your story. Your beginning can HOOK readers OR turn them away! The best hooks of leads GRAB the reader's attention and keep them interested in learning more. ~Deena~

What is a lead, hook, or grabber??
A LEAD or HOOK is the part of your writing that interests people enough to keep reading your writing. The HOOK does exactly what is says- it gets your reader HOOKED on your writing. A LEAD is technically the first one- three sentences in your writing.

Ways to start your stories:
  1. Start right in the middle of the action
  2. Ask a question to make your reader curious
  3. Give a surprising fact or statistic
  4. Talk directly to your reader using the word YOU
  5. Tell a brief story or anecdote that introduces the main idea. (Keep it short!)school_clipart_boy_writting.gif
  6. Use a dramatic or mysterious lead
  7. Begin with an informative quotation
  8. Start with thoughtful dialogue
  9. Use an interesting description
  10. Create a picture in the reader's mind
  11. Start with a thought- shot or thought inside a character.
  12. Start by misleading your re
  13. Use onomatopoeia
  14. "String of Pearls"( Using a series of three powerful words.)
  15. Begin with a bold opinion
  16. Ask your audience to imagine something or use guided imagery
  17. Start with a moral, motto, or truism
  18. Describe the setting in an usual way.
  19. Start with a thesis statement. ~Deena~
  20. List all the important parts of your essay. ~Deena~
  21. Introduce the object/person that you are talking about. ~Deena~

  1. Start your story with "Hi. My name is..." or " I'm going to tell you about..."
  2. "Once upon a time" should only be used if you're trying to create a story that models a fairy tale.
  3. Only start in the middle of the action if you can continue the story from there OR if you can easily back up and explain how you got to that point in your story.
  4. Don't use the exact words of a prompt - be creative!!!
  5. Don't say "...and they lived happily ever after. The end." ~Deena~

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