Two weeks after I got knocked out with what I'm fairly certain was the flu, I'm finally feeling more normal. Still coughing and have a little bit of a sore throat sometimes, but my brain has (mostly) un-fogged, so I feel like I'm getting something accomplished.
Since I've barely been able to write the last couple weeks, I've been thinking a lot about story in general terms, and one of the things I keep coming back to is hooks. Actually, what I keep coming back to is that I rarely start out with one. Every novel I've ever written has been based around characters for me, which is great for writing, but not so great for pitching. So I've been thinking about attempting a new project, one where I'd try to start with a hook.
Might as well give it a shot, right? Problem is, I don't think in terms of hooks. Never have. So while I have a multitude of characters floating around that could easily be pulled into a new story, I don't know where to put them.
The hookiest idea I have right now is something that's been done: a modern Cinderella retelling. I like it, but I'm not sure that my hook (it's mostly set in a haunted restaurant) is strong enough to withstand the groans of "another Cinderella? really?" My other WIP is my Alt-World Futuristic Historical Mystery with Bonus!Magic, which is fun to write but not exactly a "hook."
Of course, maybe my problem isn't lack of hook or inability to pitch, but that my framing is off. For example, I have a lot of trouble telling people what ACCURSED is about. I hem and haw about ghosts and curses, when I really should be telling people it's a modernized Snow White re-imagining, where Snow's a sarcastic hard-headed 17YO who steals cursed objects from haunted houses.
Yes, I see this:
and turn it into this girl:
who does things like this:
And then there's the idea that maybe my flu-brain hasn't really gone yet and I'm just rambling. Which could totally be the case.
Either way, what are your thoughts on hooks or changing up your methods?