Major tragic events have an impact on us for years to come. Events like the attacks of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, or the recent earthquake in Haiti will be things we never forget and that have changed many forever. However, that doesn’t mean they work as a hook for your book. Because of the vast media attention these types of events receive it takes roughly two weeks before we all have fatigue surrounding these events, therefore buying a book in which the primary hook is something we’re fatigued over is the last thing many will want to do.
Thought for the Day
When it comes to fiction, it’s okay to make these events part of the story or the character’s background, just make sure it isn’t the only hook you have.