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Hooked from the Start: Crafting Opening Lines that Capture Attention

The video below covers Google’s AI Revolution: Dawn Of A New Era, A vigorous Q&A session, and the prompt of the week. How to get AI to write 6 of the most proven opening hooks for your articles.

NOTE – I had my background blurred in zoom for the first 15 minutes. Silly me.
So this video starts where I turned the blur off.

Engage, Intrigue, and Inspire: The Magic of a Strong Hook

Let’s talk about something as crucial to your article as cheese is to pizza – the “hook.”

Yeah, you heard that right.

A hook is just as it sounds, something that grabs your reader’s attention and reels them in, kind of like fishing, but with words instead of worms.

Now, imagine for a second that you’re in a bookstore.

You pick up a book and read the first line. If it’s dull and uninteresting, chances are, you’re going to put it back down and move on to the next one, right? But if it’s intriguing, exciting, or leaves you hanging, you’d probably want to read more.

That’s the power of a strong opening line or “hook.”

aa great hooks makes for powerful writing
A great hook makes for more powerful writing

The same goes for your articles.

The internet is like a massive bookstore where readers can move on in the blink of an eye. If your first line doesn’t pique their interest, they’re just one click away from a cat video or a celebrity tweet. And, whoosh, there goes your potential reader!

So, how can you make sure they stick around?

You craft a killer hook. Something that not only catches their eye but also gives them a reason to stay. Maybe it’s a shocking fact, a compelling question, a juicy teaser, or a personal anecdote. Something that tells your reader, “Hey, this is going to be worth your time!”

Remember, you’re not just writing words.

You’re starting a conversation, inviting the reader into your world. Make that invitation irresistible!

And you know what?

It’s okay if you don’t nail it on the first try. Hooks can be tricky little devils. But with practice, patience, and a dash of creativity, you’ll get the hang of it. Keep playing around with different hooks until you find the one that feels just right.

Just remember: First impressions matter, and your first sentence is the handshake, the smile, the “how do you do?” of your article.

So make it count. Make it memorable. But most importantly, make it you.

Because no one else can tell your story the way you can.

Happy hooking, my friend!

This Prompt Is Not Mine

Hooked From the Start - keep your readers reading
Hooked From the start – keep your readers reading!

It was written by Nicholas Cole. He is one of the founders of the outstanding Ship 30 Online writing course, which I took in 2020. He is also the author of the book below. It’s brilliant, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a gig or a side gig as a freelance writer.

What The Prompt Will Do, and How To Use It

Use in ChatGPT Plus, version 4.0 if you have access to that. Otherwise use it with Bing Chat in the edge browser, which is ChatGPT version 4.0 in Microsoft branding.

These are proven ways to “hook” the reader’s attention in the very first sentence, and the prompt will deliver you samples of each of the 6 great hooks.

Here are the 6 most proven single-sentence openers:

1. Open with 1 strong, declarative sentence.

2. Open with a thought-provoking question.

3. Open with a controversial opinion.

4. Open with a moment in time.

5. Open with a vulnerable statement.

6. Open with a weird, unique insight.

How To Use The Results Of This Prompt

You will get examples of proven single-sentence “hooks” to start your article.

Choose one (or adapt one) that fits with the voice and tone of your website.

Use this as a one-sentence opener to your article.

You may want to write a second paragraph expanding your hook, or go right into the article, itself, depending on what the hook is, This is where your human judgment comes into play.

In addition to capturing your reader’s attention, you can rest assured that very few AI-written articles will have a good hook. You’re already standing out in terms of engagement, and delivering a “human feeling” start to your article.

The Prompt Has A Long And Complicated Structure

I rarely like long prompts.

This one is different. It delivers such good hooks that I wanted to share it with you, with attribution to Nicholas Cole.

Notice that it gives the task.

Then it gives examples.

Then tells the bot that you will enter an [article title}

Next it restates the task, for additional clarity, and asks the bot for understanding before entering the [article title]

Write a powerful opening hook With This Prompt

⇒ I am going to train you to write effective single-sentence openers.

These are proven ways to “hook” the reader’s attention in the very first sentence.

Here are the 6 most proven single-sentence openers:

1. Open with 1 strong, declarative sentence.

2. Open with a thought-provoking question.

3. Open with a controversial opinion.

4. Open with a moment in time.

5. Open with a vulnerable statement.

6. Open with a weird, unique insight.

Now, I’m going to give you examples of each so you can learn how each different kind of single-sentence opener should be written:

1. Open with 1 strong, declarative sentence.

– Becoming successful doesn’t just “happen.”

– The wealthiest people in the world have the simplest investment portfolios.

– Going to the gym isn’t a hobby, it’s a lifestyle.

– The key to effective project management isn’t a tool or platform—it’s your ability to listen.

– You can’t change the world without first changing yourself.

1. Open with a thought-provoking question.

– Did you know the average Millennial has less than $10,000 in their savings account?

– What’s the difference between someone who goes pro versus someone who remains an amateur?

– Is there such a thing as eternal happiness?

– Is artistic talent innate? Or can it be taught?

– If you’ve been thinking about writing online, was your first impulse to start a blog?

1. Open with a controversial opinion.

– It’s impossible to be both rich and happy.

– The U.S. should not be involved in the war between Russia and Ukraine.

– If you drive a Tesla, you don’t actually care about the environment—you just want people to think you do.

– Men and women should not make the same amount of money (women should make more).

– Intelligence isn’t something you’re born with.

1. Open with a moment in time.

– In 1982, David Ogilvy wrote an internal memo to the employees of his advertising agency titled “How to write.”

– At 5:46 AM Pacific Time, September 11th, 2001, America changed forever.

– My fear of cafeteria trays began in 8th grade.

– When I was 17 years old, I became one of the highest-ranked World of Warcraft players in North America.

1. Open with a vulnerable statement.

– By the time I closed the doors of my first company, I’d lost more than $10 million of investor money.

– I’ve never been a very social person.

– For 27 years, I’ve struggled with alcoholism.

– The night before running my first marathon, I called my ex-girlfriend and told her I still loved her.

– For the first 10 years of my career, I was a terrible employee.

– I don’t know anything about investing (nada, zilch).

1. Open with a weird, unique insight.

– Did you know that 85% of the world’s oxygen comes from phytoplankton?

– California is not the largest state in the US—Alaska is.

– The average Millennial has less than $60,000 saved up in retirement by the time they reach age 40.

– Crows are one of the most intelligent animals on planet earth.

– My wife can boil a dozen eggs in 7 minutes or less.

I am going to give you the headline of a piece, and you are going to write single-sentence openers based on that headline using these 6 proven single-sentence openers—with 5 opening sentences inside each category.

As a reminder:

Here are the 6 most proven single-sentence openers:

1. Open with 1 strong, declarative sentence.

2. Open with a thought-provoking question.

3. Open with a controversial opinion.

4. Open with a moment in time.

5. Open with a vulnerable statement.

6. Open with a weird, unique insight.

I will give you the [headline], and you will write 3 opening sentences for each of these 6 categories.

Also, as a rule of thumb: please do not use the [headline] itself in the first sentence.

Do you understand, and are you ready for the [headline]?

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