It was his first ride on the board. It wasn't his last, I'm sure. Once he got that wind in his face and that thrill in his heart--he was hooked.
I had an hour to kill last Saturday as I waited for a friend. We agreed to meet in a local Barnes and Nobles. She got held up on I4 so I strolled the aisles checking out the new books. What better place to have to wait.
Finally, I decided to do an experiment. Quite a few titles graced the new release section. I proceeded to pick up every one and read the first few sentences of the first paragraph. I typically do that when I buy a book.
What did I find? Some books I immediately dropped back on the shelf. Others I found myself reading a little more. But one, I decided to buy. And that's unusual for me because I rarely buy books now--I borrow them from friends or the library.
But like my grandson above--the book hooked me. I experienced that thrill of wanting more.
Will your story hook your reader from word one? Will it make him want to turn the page for more?
I doubt I will ever join Gavyn on a long board--that's for his braver Dad. But I hope I'll kick up my next WIP a notch so it makes someone else climb aboard.