There is so much on line now that how anyone gets read enough to gain notice is beyond me. How can a writer who has never been published rise above the clamoring horde that chokes the internet daily? Each day new articles, stories, forums, blogs and e books flood into the stream, causing a huge ocean of reading material.
I recently read that the first sentence to any article, book or story is the most important part of the whole thing in terms of getting read. If you can't engage readers in that first line what are the chances that they will continue to read the rest? But how do you find that really snappy, intriguing set of words, or that one idea that stands out from the crowd and really gets noticed?
Are there other things besides an outstanding first sentence or shocking headline that will make readers stop and take notice of what you have written? Something must make people choose one piece of writing over another especially in these days of abundance in terms of the written word. The best writers in the world will stay anonymous unless there is something that makes people stop and read what they have to say.
So then, just what does grab a reader's attention and pull them to your post, book or blog rather than what someone else wrote on the same subject?