Improve a scene: Urban Fantasy story

I’m currently reading an urban fantasy tale. It’s all part of developing a stronger understanding of the expected Tropes in that genre so I can write stronger stories.

Anyway, the book is super fast-paced. WOW! As in if a story is supposed to have peaks and valleys, this one is all peaks. There’s very little time to breathe. I know authors are told to pace their stories and the action in their stories but something tells me breakneck tales are beloved by a large number of readers.
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What’s Your Story’s Hook?

When you look at a lot of blurbs, you usually see a bolded or italicized first sentence that goes something like this:

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 

  • Winner’s Curse, Marie Rutkowski

 

She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But does she have the heart of a killer?

  • Crown of Midnight, Sarah J. Maas

Such sentences are the hook. Continue reading “What’s Your Story’s Hook?”