Let’s face it, there are readers who will abandon your story. There’s little worse than a boring ending to a chapter. Give readers a reason to hang in there with you, to turn the page. A recent review of mine on Gerry’s War proved I’d kept at least one reader’s interest:
“This book was really a great Sequel to Old Flames. I stayed up till 3 am finishing it and can’t wait for the next in the series. The characters feel real and they act like normal people.”
I did my job to keep the pages turning. I think my best hook ever is in my upcoming firefighter story Too Late For Spring(first two pages are posted on this site):
*The men shouted and shoved back chairs as they shot to their feet to block me. George surprised me by positioning himself in a fighting stance, albiet a wavering one. As I jostled through the men, his arm moved swiftly to the counter.
He turned in a flash; a knife from the butcher block gripped in his hand.*
Yeah, killer hook. Actually, this eBook will have some of my best hooks, only because it’s my most violent.
One from my juvenile chapter book Archie’s Gold:
*When I turned to look right I caught a glimpse of something like a curtain dropping at the corner of my eye, almost behind me.
My arm blazed with pain as if a steel vise clamped it.*
It’s not difficult to write a hook if you arrange things, just don’t give anything away.