The hook is for me, not the readers. Did you get that? Oh, wow! This is, like, the biggest breakthrough I’ve had all day.
The phenomenal first line!
Oh, ho, ho! My anchor, my love, my feral little muse has been messing with me all this time. She wants me to think I’m trying to pull in readers with these tools (Kurt Vonnegut’s #5) but it’s not about the readers after all, it’s about getting the thing written.
I mean, how can a person have readers if they don’t get the thing written?
It’s the hook, my hook, that points me where I need to go, kicks out the emotion, and plants the images in my head. It’s the hook that tethers me to a piece of writing and centers the entire thing. It’s the hook that gets the thing written.
Oh boy. Oh man. This is BIG.
What about you, how much of a believer are you in the first line? What do you use to get your thing written?