Get Their Attention! Lead Them In

"hello I am Ivan. I am a gorilla. It’s not as easy as it looks."


"My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog."


"I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid."


"Ada! Get back from that window!"  Mam's voice, shouting. Mam's arm, grabbing mine, yanking me so I toppled off my chair and fell hard to the floor.

"I was only saying hello to Stephen White." I knew better than to talk back, but sometimes my mouth was faster than my brain. I'd become a fighter, that summer. Mam smacked me. Hard. 


How will you get your reader's attention?  Well, how did those authors do it?

The above lines are from The One and Only Ivan, Because of Winn-Dixie, Wonder, and The War that Saved My Life. In those lines you can see how those authors grabbed the attention of their readers.  All of those books have leads that grab my attention; like a fish I am hooked in.  All of them raise questions, entertain, and have some description.  One of them uses dialogue. One has a strong statement. One is the voice of a gorilla.  Does one of them work better for you?  Try using that one when you do your writing.  Share it with me and I'll tell you if you grabbed my attention.

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