Writing Grabby Intro Sentences
We'll teach you how to create a touchy-feely first sentences that'll capture your reader from the get-go, but don't get too carried away. You don't want any lawsuits on your hands.
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If you begin with a whimper, no one’s going to want to come along for the ride.
There are as many ways to open your essay as there are to cook an egg.
Or skin a cat. Although if you’re the type of person who
skins cats… writing a grabby intro sentence is the least of your problems.
The main thing you want to do is give your reader some context.
Ask yourself, Why are you writing this report? Because your teacher told you to is not the
right answer. Don’t state the obvious, and don’t open
with a summary. If you find yourself saying “My essay is
about…” …you need to put a lid on that faster than
you would last week’s tuna casserole leftovers. You should show us what your essay is about,
not tell us. How do you show what your essay was about?
It’s simple, in theory: just make a connection to a larger event.
Can you relate the past to something modern? It’s like bringing old fashion back into
style. There’s always some way to make it work.
Most importantly, have fun with it. Quote a song. Include some dialogue. Make a witty
pop culture reference. Tell an anecdote. Just make sure it’s relevant.
Unlike those first five minutes of every Simpsons episode that really have nothing to do with
what comes next. Make sure to keep it universal. Don’t talk
about anything too obscure, or too old. You want something that both your teacher
and your classmates can appreciate. In fact, think of your intro as you explaining
to your best friend why they should read your essay.
Just make sure to take the slang out of it. So that’s our big bang theory of opening
lines. Put things into context…
…make it snappy… …and keep it simple.
Because you don’t want your readers to keep marinating in their primordial ooze.