Hump Day Humor: I’m Giving Up the Hook – My Readers Aren’t Fish

May 17, 2017

By: Marilyn L. Davis

“. . . A good writer should draw the reader in by starting in the middle of the story with a hook, then go back and fill in what happened before the hook. Once you have the reader hooked, you can write whatever you want as you slowly reel them in.” ― Roland Smith Where’s the Bait?

Does the expression “hook the reader” qualify as a cliché?  With over 28,499,999 posts written about how to hook readers, I think it does. Many of these posts offer sage advice on using catchy phrases that bait the hook, summaries that lure your readers, and images that capture their attention.  Since clichés are part of our common language and culture, I thought it might be fun to issue a challenge to the readers, now that I’ve hooked you.



  1. HaHaHa! Marilyn, I chuckled all the way through this post! You are so proficient with the expeditious use of cliche’s! An expose’ on the overexposure of the common terms we utilize in everyday conversation. But, that is so American!

    I stopped counting at 2, 02, and 002 (a sidekick of James Bond!).

    Must admit it was a surprise to see an entire article can be written with cliche’s, had not given it much thought. Boy, oh boy…loud message declaring what a lazy writer can accomplish with zero original input!

    Mysteriously, by the end of your draft I felt some relief about being a non-fisherman and a non-writer.

    Fun, entertaining, and definitely unhooked me!


  2. Wow, I lost count after 70. 🙂 Thanks for making me smile, dear Marilyn. By the way, asking us to count the cliches was an excellent hook.
    Blessings ~ Wendy


  3. I lost count after 78. Funny stuff here Marilyn. I think I’ve been around the block with you because I knew them all. And, I agree that we often get caught up in the writing “rules.” I’ve decided to give up on SEO and writing the formulaic blog headline. I’ve just gotta be me.

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    • Hi, Jayne. You, and me will just continue using Frank Sinatra’s message- we’ll just be us! Thanks for the comment and getting past some of your least favorites- “thinking outside the box” (reference to your equally funny Hump Day post).

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  4. Hi, Hibah. I hope you visit Two Drops of Ink again, and give us another smiley. They brighten the day.

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  5. Hi Marilyn – Such a cleverly crafted post using the very cliches you are railing against! 🙂 I’m with you – let’s drop the hook, we aren’t catching fish. I believe that your authentic, original and creative posts are indeed standing out!
    Oh and by the way, I too have ridden many turnip trucks – just ask my kids. More times than they cared to – they heard me exclaim (usually in response to one of their latest escapades), “Do I look like I just fell off the turnip truck!??” lol!
    Enjoyed your post, Marilyn!

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    • Hi, Terry. Thanks for the encouraging comment. Glad to know those trucks are everywhere.


  6. My goodness Marilyn! You had me hook, line, and sinker. I really had to think outside the box to penetrate this ole noggin. I always wondered if writing would be a drop in the bucket? You have proven time and time again, writing is possible if you put your mind too it. Just saying. 🙂


    • Hi, John. Your noggin works fine. About that drop in the bucket…appreciate you continuing the spirit of the post!

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  7. I counted 728,000 cliches in this posting. Over the weekend I’m going to take my fishy friends to see the movie “Guardians of The Galaxy” and we will write a review of the movie. Was that a hook?

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    • Hi, Tim. I suppose the 728,000 could qualify if it was about letters. However, even I couldn’t write 728,000 cliches in a single post – I don’t know that many! Thanks for your comment, though, and I’ll wait with baited breath for your review. (Okay, I’m going to leave the fish stuff alone for today).

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