”Three pirate boats encircled Charlie’s yacht thinking he would be an easy target. What they didn’t count on was he’d served with the Marines in Viet Nam, and when he’d outfitted his boat, he’d planned for this sort of thing….”
Recent conversation around our B and B breakfast table Hook #1
” A truck driver sexually harassed me this morning on my way here from Walmart,” my eldest daughter told me when I got home from work.
She continued: “As I was merging, he waved and I waved back thinking it might be someone I knew. Then I realized I didn’t . Addy was in the back seat sound asleep in her car seat. A couple of minutes later when I tried to pass him, he sped up- and I couldn’t get around. I looked at my speedometer – I was going over 80 mph so I said, what the heck and got back in the right lane….then he started to slow down. This cat and mouse game went on for 15 minutes until I got to our exit. It really shook me up. I didn’t get his license plate number but I do remember the name on his mudflaps….”
At this point I got on the internet….
Excerpt of a conversation with my eldest daughter two summers ago.- Hook #2
I woke up on Wednesday to the sound of a contented giggle coming from under the covers. I looked over to see my wife of 30 years still asleep with a smile. “What’s so funny?” I asked.
Early morning conversation this week in our home- hook #3
“Jr- take a look at this- how bad is it ?”
Dad had been working in the basement with an electric chainsaw when it had kicked back, catching him on the forehead.
There was blood on his stocking hat…..
This happened the Summer of 1997- hook #4
The silver Pontiac cut in front of me at the crest of the hill. Calvin, Bernie, Steve and I were headed to Central Park fishing. I was south of Amber on the gravel when our right front corners clipped. I stayed on the road, but the other vehicle landed in the ditch at an angle, his two right wheels barely on the shoulder. We ran to the car… in the back seat was an 83 yr old woman…..
This happened the summer I turned 16- hook #5
As we talked this week, I realized :
#1 Writing is hard work!
#2 I needed to work on my “hooks” (for those of you non-writers like me..it’s the idea of “hooking” your reader out of the gate)
#3 Think in terms of the five senses when writing. (Smell, taste,visual, hear and touch.)
Today’s post is a compilation of actual events from my life , practicing the “hook”.