Starting a writing piece with an attention-getter is a good approach to ensuring readers’ interest. Creating a hook for an essay can involve a question, a surprise, or maybe an appointment creates a desire to continue reading to see what happens next. Even if all the information in the body of the essay is solid, it is important to bring the reader to that point with a good attention catcher. Starting a rehearsal with a care getter ensures your audience will want to keep reading.
Try these creative test hook ideas:
Start with a question. Asking your readers to think about it is a great way to prepare them to listen more. It can be a simple question like, “Could it be?” Or it may be a more complex question like, “Why do cats always land on their feet?”
Use descriptive words. Creating an image in the reader’s mind can make you feel connected to your writing. Use words that describe the scene you’re trying to create. For example, if you’re writing about things you like to do in the winter, you can start with, “Jumping in big, slushy, frozen puddles is definitely on my list of favorite things to do in the winter, but nothing leads to a snowball fight on a cold, blustery day.”
Leave it as a mystery. Give your readers enough to make them curious. Include some details and leave the rest to your imagination. Try something like, “It was so noisy in our classroom that the walls started shaking. We couldn’t have known what would happen next.”
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