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Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Fiction: Hook

Write a brief bit of fiction using the prompt "Hook."

Friday Fiction is your opportunity to write a short (short, short, short) story. Many participants use more than one minute for Friday Fiction prompts, and I don't generally take the length of the post into account when I name a Friday winner.

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lisa from insignificant at best said...

He stood outside his house waiting, until she walked up and hooked her arm through his. She smiled at him and off they went, to elementary school. Just him and the girl he referred to as his "hooker".

*Just found you through SAM at My Write Side. What a cool idea! Thanks for the prompt!*

Anonymous said...


I'm not a big fan of the way academics use the word "hook". One says, "Emphasize the potential connection to education, it'll be a hook to interest people in your experiments." "How about we adjust the introduction to mention that explaining can sometimes make learning worse, so the surprising finding can hook readers...". It sounds innocuous enough from the mouth of a stately professor, but "hook" has an underlying viciousness. Hapless fish are hooked and ripped out of the ocean, away from a merry existence "under de sea!", as Sebastian so cheerfully put it. Am I secretly at war with my audience? Hooking also involves forcing the "hookee" to act against their will. Perhaps pitching my results in a compelling way is exploiting the average person's tender weakness for true scientific progress, in order to drag them in the direction I want, just as a fisherman uses bait to convert a fish to his own causes – filling his belly.

anneschilde said...

"Your story is missing an attention grabber," Mr. Larson criticized. "You want to start with something that makes the reader want more. It's like baiting a fish." He curled his finger and used it to pull his cheek away from his face for emphasis.

Annie scowled at the big capital D on her paper. "You gave me a D just because you didn't like the way I started my story?"

"It's hard to give you a better grade on something I'm not going to read." said...

The top of the bamboo pole jerked. Huk tightened his grip and reeled in the line, entering a game of tug of war.

Focused, he lost track of time and didn’t notice his boat moving along the river.

His catch tugged, encouraging him to keep pulling. Without warning, the line lurched with so much force Huk nearly fell in.

Looking up, he noticed his surroundings had changed. It was an unfamiliar part of the Mekong, miles from where he started.

A glimpse of a shadow twice as long as his boat made him drop his pole. Dread washed over him.