Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hooks (And My Staycation)

Salt Lake City, UT
Husband has spring break this week, so I took Tuesday off so we could have a staycation--AKA a one-day vacation right here in Salt Lake City.

First we went to a diner for breakfast, where we both ate until we were stuffed (I literally have not been hungry all day because of that breakfast). Then we drove downtown to the Salt Lake Library, read some kids books in the fun rooms they have, and looked at some magazines.

I copied an excerpt from Writer's Digest for you guys. I know, I'm so great (but not really).

Tips on evaluating your hook:

1. Grab the reader's attention
2. Introduce a character your readers care about
3. Set the story's mood
4. Establish the storyteller's voice
5. Orient readers to the world of the protagonist (and enable them to picture it)
6. Lock in the genre
7. End in a way that is both surprising and satisfying

We were then going to go to the new Leonardo [interactive] Museum, but they're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. They're open on Sundays, but they're closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Yeah, try to connect the dots on that one.

So instead we went to the mall and the planetarium. Then to an overpriced pastry shop (where we also purchased mac & cheese). We came home, attempted to sleep (I read more of The Wheel of Time), and grabbed dinner at Mimi's Cafe, despite not being that hungry. Leftovers for tomorrow's lunch!

Overall, good day! And hopefully I'll have news on THE MOVE soon.

Any of your guys taking a "spring break"?

1 comment:

  1. You guys had a great day. I loved that visit to the library. Cool stuff.

    Unfortunately, the only person taking spring break in my house is Chipmunk. Yesterday, a couple of my girlfriends treated her to a manicure since I get off late from work daily. Can someone say "too cute?"