I have been reluctant to ask you yet another Crapometer question for fear that this one would make you throw your hands up in frustration and give up on the whole thing. But here goes...Yes, no.
My hook, which I have rewritten just about a zillion times in a million different formats, is now only 84 words. Truth is, I am quite happy with it (I'm sure you'll set me straight on Saturday) but there is still that part of me that screams 'What about the remaining 166 words?!? Use them!' Is brevity truly the soul of the hook? Or should I make use of what is available to me and fill in the word count?
In the revising (and revising and revising) of the hook, I followed your advice and got rid of anything smelling of synopsis. I now have a few sentences that give a little taste of the story with a hint at the ending without giving much away. I tried to think of it as the first paragraph in the query to an agent, which of course would have a second (and maybe third) paragraph with a synopsis in it.
Am I on the right track or am I just a Nitwit?
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