Essay Hook Ideas
When your English language professor asks to write an essay, how do you usually begin your writing? Do you use any good hooks in the introductory paragraphs to grab readers’ attention? Probably, you have discovered a secret, unique great hook which helps your essay stand out among other works. There are different types of amazing essay hooks that college students and creative writers can use to grab their readers' attention.
What Do We Define an Essay Hook?
What’s an essay hook? A hook is an interesting and catchy sentence in the introduction of your essay which motivates people to read your work. Although it is a rather small element, a perfect hook is both informative and engaging. It has a deep meaning and helps a writer introduce his or her main idea.
Tips on Finding the Best Hook
Later in this post, we will analyze some examples of essay openings to provide you with an idea of how effective hooks look like. Before we get there, we would like to discuss a number of important ideas you should keep in mind before you write a hook.
- A common mistake is that students give a great starter…and forget that it’s a part of an essay. Don’t jump to discussing your paper topic without demonstrating a clear bonding between the opening lines and the rest of the paper. Words are powerful; yet, if they aren’t related to your work, they can’t support your argument.
- Tone and style of your work mean everything. If you are working on a research paper in physics for a scientific journal, for example, it is better not to start with a personal childhood story. The hook should be there and it should be strong but it must be appropriate. Yet, if you are writing for a magazine which is less official, then the childhood story may sound quite natural. Evaluate the situation first!
- Consider your target audience. Obviously, you shouldn't write an essay for professionals in biology using teenage language. They can understand the text, of course, but they are unlikely to get the purpose of your writing.
Hooks to Use in Essays
To help you better understand how hooks function in writing, we are going to discuss several really nice articles written by professional writers and journalists. We will look only at the intros of our examples and describe the kind of hooks found in each one.
“As children’s culture arose in the 1740s, the juvenile market was suddenly awash in age-appropriate clothing, toys, and reading material…”
(Megan A. Norcia, Puzzling Empire: Early Puzzles and Dissected Maps as Imperial Heuristics)> This beginning is a good example of how a fact can be used in an intro. Readers tend to pay attention to those works which provide them with new information, and starting with a date and an interesting fact is a brilliant hooking idea.
“Why some people choke and others panic.”
(Malcolm Gladwell, The Art of Failure)
“There are two distinct traditions in the literature regarding the proper analysis of predicate noun and adjective constructions…”
(John Bowers, The Syntax of Predication)
“Life changes fast.
Life changes in the instant.
You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.
The question of self-pity.”
(Joan Didion, After Life)
“After smiling brilliantly for nearly four decades, I now find myself trying to quit. Or, at the very least, seeking to lower a wattage a bit.”
(Amy Cunnigham, Why Women Smile)
“THE PROBLEM WITH environmentalists, Lynn Margulis used to say, is that they think conservation has something to do with biological reality.”
(Charles C. Mann, State of the Species)