Writing a story that hooks readers

Bookmarked How to Be Hooky (

Hookiness. It’s what a good book is all about, really. When I look at the books I really enjoy, that I burn through, they’re (a) pulling me in and (b) pulling me on. But how do you do that? How do you grab a reader? How do you KEEP the reader? How do you entertain […]

  • The first chapter really needs to engage readers — convey voice and have something interesting happen right away
  • End each chapter so you want to read the next
  • Cut everything boring and/or figure out how to share the information in a more exciting scene
  • Build emotions in waves, giving space for a rest between strong action and emotions
  • “The ending sells the next book”

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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