I recently started working on a new manuscript. I thought it was going well. I liked the voice and the characters and had a basic idea where the story was going...
Then someone asked me what the story was about.
After about five minutes explaining the characters, the setting, some details, I realized I had a problem.
My "story" wasn't a story. It didn't come together. It needed a hook.
So I asked myself some important questions:
- Why will someone want to read this book?
- What will get them to keep reading?
- What is the story really about?
I think I know have the answers to those questions. It will mean a bit of rewriting, but hopefully the story that comes out will be one that will be worth reading.
What do you do when you can't explain your story? How do you find your hook?