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How can I write a good Did You Know hook?

asked 2017-07-21 14:45:33 -0500

I want to nominate an article for DYK, however I want to make sure that my hook is catchy. What advice can you give me?

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answered 2017-07-21 14:46:49 -0500

updated 2017-07-21 14:53:00 -0500

One of the best things to do when writing a DYK hook is to look for something in the article that you find interesting. For example, Ursula K. Le Guin's book The Tombs of Atuan's hook was that it "tells the coming-of-age story of a female character, a choice unusual to fantasy of the time". The Ludington family "included a teenage girl whose night-long ride to alert the Continental Army of an imminent British attack has been compared to the ride of Paul Revere". The basic gist is to find something that would catch people's eye and make them click on the page.

However you must be cautious, as all DYK hooks must be backed up with a reliable source that explicitly states the claim made in your hook. The article as a whole should also meet guidelines, as the editors at DYK will scrutinize the article to make sure that no incorrect information or other editing issues are present.

You also need to be aware that if you nominate an article for DYK, that you are obligated to follow the nomination's progress. It's extremely likely that you will be asked to fix issues or change something in the article and if you abandon the nomination it will almost certainly be declined. DYK can be a busy place and the other editors are not obligated to fix any issues that come up with the article that would prevent it from being accepted.

See Wiki Ed's handout on DYK submissions.

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