Its no secret, I love Lost. When I first started watching (Season Two), I was immediately drawn to the story and never missed an episode. Over the past couple of seasons, I found myself asking what exactly it was about this show that I loved. Why did I faithfully watch it unlike any other?
To me, the answer was simple: the writers knew how to hook 'em. The scenes, I mean. Every week added another layer to the story and a new facet to a beloved character that created constant tension and intrigue. Long after an episode aired, the show made a viewer think about what happened and wonder what would happen next. By the time the season finale arrived, I was sad to see the story end and for the characters to say goodbye.
Though my writers' group has discussed "hooks" in the past, I don't think I quite grasped how effective subtle hooks worked until examining the layers of my favorite show. I began to realize and recognize that some of my favorite authors use this very technique to keep readers turning the page.
More aware now when I write, I've found some scenes easily lend themselves to creating a "hook" and increasing the underlying tension of the story. But I'm struggles with other scenes. What about you? Is this something you're conscious of when writing? If so, do you plot it out in advance or (like me) do you go back to fill in some holes?