What will your perfect hook look like? Some popular hooks include:
- A Question
- Shocking Numbers or Statistics
When I was in college I had a teacher tell me that if I wanted to get a teenager's attention, I only had to relate what I was saying to money, food, or dating. It doesn't seem to matter if it's a class discussion or a book--money, food, and dating hold most teens' attention. I've found a few other topics that most kids find universally interesting. They include humor, trouble, danger, adventure, body sounds and odors (especially flatulence, burping, vomit, etc.), and insecurities. Most kids also like to see inept adults and kids with a few adult tendencies.
Remember the hook should throw your article, story, or book into meaty action you want the kids to remember. No back story here! Your hook should be more riveting than the first five minutes of a show on the Disney Channel and more engaging than your reader's current Best Friend Forever. Those are, after all, your competition.
Do you have a favorite hook? What types of content do you think kids like best? I'd love to know!